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By Phyllis Mack, Margaret C. Jacob

This quantity of essays displays the pursuits and services of H. G. Koenigsberger, Professor of background at King's university London, who has written and taught largely on early glossy Europe, from Sicily and Spain to Germany, France and the Netherlands. The members pay tribute to Koenigsberger's diversity of curiosity by means of taking on subject matters that experience resonated via his lectures, seminars and public writings. What emerges from numerous ways and issues is an overriding obstacle with highbrow cohesion, an outline which encompasses and reconciles the values of the baby-kisser or student with these of the non secular idealist. Even the main brazenly political of the foremost cultural figures mentioned in those pages, as Robert Kingdon's essay on Calvin demonstrates, bent their political will to the provider of an extreme non secular idealism.

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The symbolic significance of the plot to assassinate him and his brother Giuliano was not lost either on contemporaries or on succeeding generations. The assassination was to take place at the high point of the mass on the holiest day of the year, Easter Sunday, in the ritual center of the city, the cathedral. 18 In the face of defeat in the ensuing war against the papacy and Naples, Lorenzo decided to go to Naples and throw himself at the mercy of King Ferrante and sue for peace. That this feat met with success thereby restoring peace and saving Florence from a dishonorable defeat made him all the more easily identified with the fortunes of the city.

Lorenzo's thinking on these matters is contained in his correspondence during December i486 with Piero Alamanni, Florentine ambassador to Milan, Archivo Segreto Vaticano (ASV), Mss. Patetta, 1739, fos. 1-8. In the early sixteenth century Bernardo Rucellai introduced the term balance of power into political literature, and Guicciardini attributed it to Lorenzo, Gilbert, History. Choice and Commitment, pp. 216, 506-7. 13 Aspects of his personal life complete the portrait of Lorenzo the Magnificent as the well-rounded Renaissance individual.

6. Published in Roscoe, Life of Lorenzo de' Medici, i n , app. L, pp. 272-86. 55 Niccolo Valori drew heavily upon this rhetorical language in his biography of Lorenzo as did Machiavelli and Guicciardini in their portrait sketches. 56 Historical events could carry symbolic messages, such as did the Pazzi Conspiracy which for Valori became a divinely ordained test of Lorenzo's virtue, or the portents accompanying his death which signaled the departure of a great hero from this life. In the Renaissance, eulogy was a vital component of history, and little attempt was made to distinguish between them, which perhaps explains why Renaissance humanists, the greatest practitioners of both those arts, were such superb myth-makers.

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