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Guardians of RepublicanismThe Valori Family in the Florentine Renaissance$
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Mark Jurdjevic

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199204489

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199204489.001.0001

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The Last Portraits of the Valori Family

The Last Portraits of the Valori Family

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(p.144) 6 The Last Portraits of the Valori Family
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Guardians of Republicanism
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Mark Jurdjevic (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199204489.003.0007

The sixth chapter contrasts two seventeenth‐century histories of the Valori, the first a Savonarolan and republican interpretation by the Dominican friar Silvano Razzi and the second a skilful reinterpretation of the family's traditions as essentially pro‐Medicean by the court historian Scipione Ammirato. Both texts were written with the evident blessing of Baccio Valori and both praise the Valori as an exceptional and distinguished Florentine family. In terms of political content, however, the two texts contrast markedly. Razzi's biography of Francesco Valori is a tenacious and outspoken republican critique of Medici power and praise of Francesco's principled stand against it, while Ammirato's family history criticises the anti‐Medicean members of the Valori family and implicitly advances an argument for the legitimacy and permanence of the new Medici duchy.

Keywords:   Scipione Ammirato, Silvano Razzi, Francesco Valori, Valori family, Medici, court culture, Savonarolan movement, republicanism

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