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April Blood: Florence and the Plot against the Medici Paperback – December 16, 2004
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"Fascinating.... Martines is a master researcher and, like a collector showing off his treasures, his delight in his findings sparkles on every page."--Philadelphia Inquirer
"Just the sort of historical mystery that should appeal to fans of, say, Charles Nicholl's The Reckoning (about the murder of Christopher Marlowe) or Josephine Tey's classic The Daughter of Time."--Washington Post
"An intriguing book.... Every situation and character Martines presents to usis of marvelous complexity."--The New York Review of Books
"A quietly subversive, elegant counterbalance to centuries of Medici adulation. His narrative is enthralling, his irony devastating, his conclusions unsettling."--Financial Times
"A spine-chilling political drama of conspiracy, murder at High Mass, and bloody revenge."--The Times (London)
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The Renaissance in Florence was the pinnacle of one of the great cities of the World. Lorenzo di Medici was the central figure of the time. He employed Leonardo di Vinci, he adopted Michelangelo, his son and nephew became pope, and his family ruled in and around Tuscany for over two hundred years. If you are looking for this incredible story, look elsewhere--you will not find it in April Blood.
However, the book did tend to drag at times, in particular with the complex accounting of who was being awarded what by whom for what political purpose, etc. The account of the attempted assassination of the of two Medici brothers - successful in the case of the younger brother Giuliano - was detailed enough without going into further specific two or three times removed from the events.
All in all, though a very interesting read.
It starts off a little slow, leaving the reader to wonder when the author would ever get to the actual conspiracy, but when he does everything comes together. By the time the book ends you are left with both sympathy and hatred for both the Pazzi and the Medici. Sympathy because of the savage way they were attacked, following up with the nod of approval of the reprisals Lorenzo took (although they were a bit extreme). And hatred for the tyranny that Lorenzo and his house brought down upon the republic of Florence. The same for the Pazzi, for they were suppressed, and thus sympathy was on their side, but the savage destruction they wrought upon their own family and others in order to satisfy their lust for power leaves a distaste in their wake.
There is some "filler", it would seem at a quick glance, but when delved in deeper it is evident that these "filler" chapters do in fact help our understanding of why and how the Pazzi Conspiracy happened. The profile chapters, although they don't touch upon the conspiracy directly, add weight to the notion and feeling that went behind the affronted patricians of Florentine society. The political chapters added substance and understanding to the why and how of the reasons behind the conspiracy. So the "filler" chapters do in fact add a lot to the telling of this dramatic time in history.
All sides were represented, which makes this a very well rounded history book.Read more ›
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I slogged through this book because it was chosen by my book group. I would certainly have abandoned it otherwise. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ranchreader
Really interesting and so much information on a story from so long ago. As soon as I was finished I started to reread the book.Published 4 months ago by Rosco Butter
The cover and blurb grabbed me. Sadly, the book consists of such dry history, I use it to get back to sleep during bouts of insomnia. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jane Eyre
At first the book has a lot of history leading towards the event of April that may be helpful I you did not know anything about the Medici. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Just Me
I read this book in preparation for a trip to Florence. My thought was to prepare myself to understand the Medicis and life in the Middle Ages. Read morePublished on July 1, 2014 by David Brown
Great historical accounting of the Medici family.....if you are a history buff you will love this book. Reads like a novel.Published on April 24, 2014 by Brody Jean