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The Duke's AssassinExile and Death of Lorenzino de' Medici$
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Stefano Dall'Aglio

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300189780

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300189780.001.0001

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(p.187) Epilogue
The Duke's Assassin

Stefano Dall’Aglio

Yale University Press

This chapter first discusses how the death of Lorenzo di Pier Francesco de' Medici (Lorenzino) meant the loss of a standard-bearer for the cause of liberty and anti-tyranny, marking the end of the dream revived by his action of 1537. The exiles knew this; they did not want the two assassins, who, perhaps unawares, had stifled one of the last breaths of Florentine republican liberty, to go unpunished. This explains why from the very first they tried to get the guilty parties into their hands. The remainder of the chapter deals with the historical myths surrounding Lorenzino that were dispelled by the present volume; the misunderstandings that accompanied the redaction of the Apologia, the manifesto written by Lorenzino to justify his crime and the subsequent events; and the circumstances of Lorenzino's death.

Keywords:   Florentine exiles, murder, liberty, anti-tyranny, assassination, Apologia

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