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The Soderini and the Medici$
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Paula C. Clarke

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198229926

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229926.001.0001

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The Soderini Brothers’ Economic World

The Soderini Brothers’ Economic World

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(p.95) 4. The Soderini Brothers’ Economic World
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The Soderini and the Medici
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Paula C. Clarke

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229926.003.0005

The Soderini brothers offer an example of patricians who gained political success despite their limited financial resources. Their careers indicate how political activity could provide opportunities for monetary gain, and how a citizen's financial situation affected his views on political questions. Niccolò's and Tommaso's finances closely followed their political careers. Tommaso eventually increased his meager fortune, while Niccolò found himself in economic difficulties even before the crisis of 1466 threw his financial affairs into disarray. Tommaso's connection with the Medici proved extremely important to him financially, whether in acquiring and protecting property or in avoiding the consequences of bankruptcy. Niccolò also used his influence, but his exclusion from the successful power circle in Florence meant that he was unable to protect his finances from taxation.

Keywords:   Tommaso Soderini, Niccolò Soderini, Medici, taxation, Florence, bankruptcy

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