Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

La Congiura Dei Pazzi: I Documenti del Conflitto Fra Lorenzo De' Medici E Sisto IV. le Bolle Di Scomunica, la "Florentina Synodus," E la "Dissentio" Insorta Tra la Santità del Papa E I Fiorentini

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

La Congiura Dei Pazzi: I Documenti del Conflitto Fra Lorenzo De' Medici E Sisto IV. le Bolle Di Scomunica, la "Florentina Synodus," E la "Dissentio" Insorta Tra la Santità del Papa E I Fiorentini

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La congiura dei Pazzi: I documenti del conflitto fra Lorenzo de' Medici e Sisto IV. Le bolle di scomunica, la "Florentina synodus," e la "Dissentio" insorta tra la Santità del Papa e i Fiorentini. Edizione critica e commento. Edited by Tobias Daniels. [Studi di Storia e Documentazione Storica.] (Florence: EDIFIR Edizioni Firenze. 2013. Pp. 206. euro18,00 paperback. ISBN 978-88-7970-649-0.)

"The pen is mightier than the sword." So spoke Cardinal Richelieu's character in Edward Bulwer Lytton's popular 1839 play Richelieu.; Or the Conspiracy. The playwright could just as easily have written that line about the hostile propaganda cam- paigns launched between Pope Sixtus IV and the Florentines that erupted following the Pazzi Conspiracy. Tobias Daniels's critical edition and comment brings together for the first time Sixtus IVs three bulls of excommunication against Lorenzo de' Medici and his Florentine supporters; the Florentina Synodus, a Florentine defense against them written by Gentile Becchi; and a further little-known papal response, the Dissentio. The latter, aimed to arouse anti-Medici feeling at the imperial court in Germany, was apparently not widely circulated in Italy. The most famous document associated with the Pazzi Conspiracy, Angelo Poliziano's defense of Lorenzo and condemnation of the Pazzi in his Coniurationis commentarium, is not included in this collection.

The second half of the volume contains the documents in their original Latin. Daniels's meticulous editing records numerous variations in manuscript and incunabular versions of the texts, and he provides erudite notes on persons and events referenced. Close editing is labor-intensive and commendable work, as is the assemblage of the texts themselves. Placed side-by-side, they demonstrate that the exchange of invective reached beyond personal animosities between Sixtus IV and Lorenzo. Rather, it had wider ecclesiastical and European import when viewed in the context of the grander fifteenth-century contests between papal and conciliar authority in which swirled many a war of words. …

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