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Medici, Lorenzo de' (Lorenzo the Magnificent, Lorenzo il Magnifico)

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Born: 1449 AD
Died: 1492 AD, at 43 years of age.

Nationality: Italian
Categories: King, Monarch

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1449 - Lorenzo de' Medici, born on the 1st of January in Florence. Famous by name  Lorenzo The Magnificent,  Italian  Lorenzo Il Magnifico Florentine statesman, ruler, and patron of arts and letters, the most brilliant of the Medici.

1453 - 1478 - He ruled Florence with his younger brother, Giuliano.

1471 - The popular assemblies lost their financial powers. According to the historian Francesco Guicciardini's apt definition, his regime was “that of a benevolent tyrant in a constitutional republic.”

1478 - The Pazzi Conspiracy thus came as a rude shock to a carefree city. The Pazzi bank, in the course of a treacherous war in which the adversaries did not scruple to use the most devious methods, had taken the business affairs of the papacy away from the him.

1490 - He permitted the Dominican monk Girolama Savonarola to preach at San Marco.

1492  - Died on the 9th of April in Careggi, near Florence. He was buried in S. Lorenzo, where the grandiose tomb that his son Giovanni, who later became Pope Leo X, had planned was never executed.

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