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Simonetta, Marcello.  The Montefeltro conspiracy: A Renaissance mystery decoded. New York: Doubleday, 2008. 8vo (24.3 cm, 9.25"). xv, [3], 251, [1] pp.; illus.

"The Italian Renaissance is remembered as much for intrigue as it is for art, with papal politics and infighting among Italy's many city-states providing the grist for Machiavelli's classic work on take-no-prisoners politics, The Prince. A murderous attack on the Medici brothers in the Duomo in Florence in 1478, called the Pazzi Conspiracy, is one of the best-known examples of the ruthlessness of the age. While the assailants were known to be the Medici's rivals, the Pazzi family, questions have always lingered about who really orchestrated the attack. More than five hundred years later, Marcello Simonetta found the answer. Working in a private archive in Italy, he stumbled upon a coded letter written by Federico da Montefeltro, the Duke of Urbino, to Pope Sixtus IV. Using a codebook written by his own ancestor to crack its secrets, Simonetta unearthed proof of an all-out power grab by the Pope for control of Florence. Montefeltro, long believed to be a close friend of Lorenzo de' Medici, was in fact conspiring with the Pope to unseat the Medici and put the more malleable Pazzi in their place" (dust jacket).

Publisher's quarter tan cloth with red paper-covered boards, gilt lettering to spine. In original pictorial dust jacket. Interior is clean. Very good.  (40296)   Please RESHELVE This.

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