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The Montefeltro conspiracy : a Renaissance mystery decoded / Marcello Simonetta.

Authors: Simonetta, Marcello, 1968-
Call number: 945.05 SIM
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2008.
Publication date: c2008.
Subject: Pazzi Conspiracy, 1478.
Cryptography.
Politics in art.
Italy -- History -- 15th century.
Italy -- History -- 15th century -- Sources.
Medici, Lorenzo de', 1449-1492 -- Adversaries.
Medici, Giuliano de', 1453-1478 -- Adversaries.
Sixtus IV, Pope, 1414-1484 -- Political activity.
Federico, da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino, 1422-1482 -- Political activity.
Botticelli, Sandro, 1444 or 5-1510 -- Themes, motives.
Title: The Montefeltro conspiracy : a Renaissance mystery decoded / Marcello Simonetta.
Edition: 1st ed.
Physical description: xv, 251 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.
Summary note: The Italian Renaissance is remembered as much for intrigue as it is for art, with papal politics and infighting among Italy's many city-states. The attempted assassination of the Medici brothers in Florence in 1478 is one of the best-known examples of the machinations of the age. While the assailants were the Medici's rivals, the Pazzi family, questions have always lingered about who really orchestrated the attack. Five centuries later, Marcello Simonetta, working in a private archive in Italy, stumbled upon a coded letter written by Federico da Montefeltro, the Duke of Urbino, to Pope Sixtus IV, containing proof of a power grab by the Pope for control of Florence. Montefeltro, long believed a close friend of Lorenzo de Medici, was in fact conspiring with the Pope to unseat the Medici. Their failure changed the course of Italian and papal history.--From publisher description.
Biography note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 217-238) and index.
ISBN: 9780385524681
0385524684
LCCN: 2008009892
Url for this record: http://sherloc.imcpl.org/?itemid=|library/marc/dynix|1151374
Bib No.: 1151374

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