The weU-knowB family of theM edici presided for many years over the destinies ofF lorence The famous Lorenzo de Medici, commonly called The Magnificent, who was born in I jdfij succeeded his father Piero in li? His brother Julian, who was five years yimST ger than him sell,, was afterwards associated witii him in the government of the Kepublic, and they were ruling it together at the date of the tragedy (1478) to tlio satisfaction, as history tells TIB, of the majority of its inhabitants, but to the ill-con oealed dislike of some who feared, justly or othervnao, for the independence of their anjntry Conapicuuns amorigst these last was thed tinguished family of the Paz one of whom, Raymond had married Bianca, the sister of Lorenzo andT ulianl whilst the heaoT lthe family was Ranond sfather, Giiglielmo. These are tlie two Pazzi whij were concerned in the conspiracy (though the actual eonspiratore, according to history, were Giacopt ,the real head of the family, and his two nephews Francesco and Guglielmo, who and not Raymond was BiancaV husband). IS eemL ining personage in the play, besides the members of the two families of Medici and Pazzi, is Salvi a ti, A i chbishop of Pisa who, notwithstanding his holyT unctions, is shovn %the history of the time to have been one of the chief actors in the conspiracy. The first A ct opens with the lamentations addressed byE aymond to his father Guglielmo at the tyranny of theM edici, and his regrets at having allied himself with them VOL. n.
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