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By Marcello Simonetta

A brutal homicide, a nefarious plot, a coded letter. After years, the main infamous secret of the Renaissance is eventually solved.

The Italian Renaissance is remembered as a lot for intrigue because it is for paintings, with papal politics and infighting between Italy’s many city-states delivering the grist for Machiavelli’s vintage paintings on take-no-prisoners politics, The Prince. The tried assassination of the Medici brothers within the Duomo in Florence in 1478 is among the best-known examples of the machinations endemic to the age. whereas the assailants have been the Medici’s opponents, the Pazzi kinfolk, questions have regularly lingered approximately who rather orchestrated the assault, which has emerge as referred to as the Pazzi Conspiracy.

More than years later, Marcello Simonetta, operating in a personal archive in Italy, stumbled upon a coded letter written through Federico da Montefeltro, the Duke of Urbino, to Pope Sixtus IV. utilizing a codebook written via his personal ancestor to crack its secrets and techniques, Simonetta unearthed facts of an all-out strength seize by means of the Pope for regulate of Florence. Montefeltro, lengthy believed to be an in depth buddy of Lorenzo de Medici, was once actually conspiring with the Pope to unseat the Medici and positioned the extra malleable Pazzi of their position.

In The Montefeltro Conspiracy, Simonetta unravels this plot, exhibiting not just how the plot got here jointly yet how its failure (only one of many Medici brothers, Giuliano, used to be killed; Lorenzo survived) replaced the process Italian and papal heritage for generations. during his gripping narrative, we come upon the period’s such a lot colourful characters, relive its tumultuous politics, and observe that recognized work, together with one within the Sistine Chapel, include the Medici’s incredible revenge.

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