- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: February 26, 2005
As head of the powerful 15th-century Florentine family, Lorenzo de' Medici was the ultimate Renaissance man. For centuries, historians believed the Pazzi family, Medici banking rivals, were at the center of the complex plot. Now, Dr. Marcello Simonetta, a historian at Wesleyan University, offers a shocking twist. Did the Pazzi Conspiracy include a much broader range of perpetrators, reaching all the way to the Vatican?
Lorenzo de Medici personifies the ultimate Renaissance man. As head of the powerful Florentine family during the 15th century, he led an era of enlightenment rivaling the Greek golden age. The leadership of Lorenzo and his family created an atmosphere of culture, sophistication and wisdom, enabling Leonardo de Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli to become grand masters whose works still inspire awe.
Just as skilled at politics, the wealthy Medici ruled Florence for centuries without holding an office. Their power to bestow and withhold favors made them feared and revered, loved and hated. On April 26, 1478, a gang of men repeatedly attacked Lorenzo and his brother Giuliano with knives in the Duomo cathedral during high Mass. Giuliano died, but a wounded Lorenzo survived.
Dr. Marcello Simonetta, a historian at Wesleyan University found an encrypted letter, providing a shocking twist to the bloodbath. Could the Pazzi Conspiracy have included a much broader range of perpetrators who were deeply involved? Was this an international plot, involving Lorenzo's alleged friend, the Duke of Urbino? And, did the bloody conspiracy's tentacles reach all the way to the Pope?