Guardians Of Republicanism: The Valori Family In The Florentine Renaissance

Hardcover | May 8, 2008

byMark Jurdjevic

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Guardians of Republicanism analyses the political and intellectual history of Renaissance Florence-republican and princely-by focusing on five generations of the Valori family, each of which played a dynamic role in the city's political and cultural life. The Valori were early and influentialsupporters of the Medici family, but were also crucial participants in the city's periodic republican revivals throughout the Renaissance. Mark Jurdjevic examines their political struggles and conflicts against the larger backdrop of their patronage and support of the Neoplatonic philosopherMarsilio Ficino, the radical Dominican prophet Girolamo Savonarola, and Niccolo Machiavelli, the premier political philosopher of the Italian Renaissance. Each of these three quintessential Renaissance reformers and philosophers relied heavily on the patronage of the Valori, who evolved aninnovative republicanism based on a hybrid fusion of the classical and Christian languages of Florentine communal politics. Jurdjevic's study thus illuminates how intellectual forces-humanist, republican, and Machiavellian-intersected and directed the politics and culture of the FlorentineRenaissance.

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Guardians of Republicanism analyses the political and intellectual history of Renaissance Florence-republican and princely-by focusing on five generations of the Valori family, each of which played a dynamic role in the city's political and cultural life. The Valori were early and influentialsupporters of the Medici family, but were a...

Mark Jurdjevic was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He earned a BA from the University of Toronto in 1996 and a PhD in early modern European history from Northwestern University in 2002. Between 2002-2004, he taught at Yale University's Whitney Humanities Center. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.74 inPublished:May 8, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsAbbreviationsThe Valori Family TreeScipione Ammirato's Valori Family TreeIntroduction: The Valori Family in the Florentine Renaissance1. Francesco Valori and the Savonarolan Republic2. Marsilio Ficino and the Valori Family3. The Valori Family and Machiavelli's Portraits of Francesco 'il vecchio'4. The Valori Family and Luca Della Robbia's Vita di Bartolomeo5. The Valori Self-Portrait Under the Medici Grand Dukes6. The Last Portraits of the Valori FamilyConclusion: The Valori Family in Florentine HistoriographyBibliographyIndexIndex of Manuscripts