Lorenzo the Magnificent

Lorenzo the Magnificent

Lorenzo the Magnificent

Lorenzo the Magnificent

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Lorenzo di Piero di Cosimo de' Medici was engaged to be married and all business was suspended in Florence. For when the Medici celerated a family event, their patriarchal generosity was broad enough to include most of Tuscany in the treat. They always organized a festivity worth leaving work to see, but when the gay, improvident, resourceful Lorenzo turned his talents to producing a show, the populace could be sure that even family tradition would be excelled.

This particular show had been impatiently anticipate. Long. ago the young Magnificence had promised the mistress of his heart that he would stage for her the most brilliant tournament ever seen in Italy. For weeks Florence had watched him directing is workmen and artists as they prepared to redeem at promise. Now almost the entire population was hurrying towards the Piazza Santa Croce to see their host of the day shiver a lance for his lady.

In the square and on the housetops were so closely packed that they could hardly breathe. But in the cold of early February they welcomed the crowding. It kept them warm as they surged helplessly around the tilting ground waiting the show to begin, the whole mass swaying backwards and . . .

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