By Melissa Meriam Bullard
Filippo Strozzi (1489-1538), the Florentine aristocrat and banker, is mostly remembered for the dramatic exploits on the finish of his existence. pressured into exile, he grew to become an outspoken defender of the final Florentine Republic opposed to the tyranny of the city's new dukes. His position in Florentine historical past, in spite of the fact that, adjustments tremendously after we concentration now not on his ultimate years yet on his large occupation as a Medici favorite and dependable financier. on the courts of the Medici popes he furthered the grandiose schemes of Leo X and Clement VII and collected a private fortune of mythical measurement. Dr Bullard's research reassesses Strozzi's position in Renaissance background and considers the extra common difficulties of paper economic climate and warfare finance, and Florentine political existence, within the early 16th century. It files the problematic monetary ties among Florence and the papal court docket, and Strozzi's key function as a manipulator of the city's public cash to pay for papal wars.