Leonardo Bruni, the Medici, and the Florentine Histories

Ianziti, Gary (2008) Leonardo Bruni, the Medici, and the Florentine Histories. Journal of the History of Ideas, 69 1: 1-22. doi:10.1353/jhi.2008.0009

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Author Ianziti, Gary
Title Leonardo Bruni, the Medici, and the Florentine Histories
Journal name Journal of the History of Ideas   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-5037
Publication date 2008-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1353/jhi.2008.0009
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Volume 69
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 22
Total pages 22
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher University of Pennsylvania Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This article offers a new reading of Leonardo Bruni's History of the Florentine People. It focuses on books VII-XII of this famous work, i.e. those produced and/or published after the Medici came to power in 1434. Careful study of key passages suggests that Bruni—often portrayed by modern historians as a republican firebrand—actually made a relatively smooth transition to the post-1434 climate of authoritarian rule. Indeed the evidence presented here reveals that Bruni deliberately (if subtly) manipulated his historical data in order to extol the Medici, who had meanwhile become the virtual patrons of his enterprise.
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Created: Mon, 24 Oct 2011, 12:21:38 EST by Associate Professor Gary Ianziti on behalf of Centre for History of European Discourses