Pazzi Conspiracy

Medallion commemorating the Pazzi Conspiracy

Murder in the Cathedral

On 26 April 1478, members of the Medici family were attacked while attending services in the great cathedral in Florence. What would drive a man to attack the most famous and powerful man in the entire city, one of the most important men in all of Italy, and to do so during Easter mass on sacred ground?

The answer is not simple, and in pursuing it we'll have a chance to look more closely at convergence of politics, family, social structure, and religion in Renaissance Italy. We'll also look at the consequences of the act, which were significant.

This essay is based on the book April Blood by Lauro Martines. Readers interested in learning more about these events should consult that book and its bibliography.