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flict with Savonarola, but the legend of the latter re- fusing him absolution on his deathbed unless he re- stored liberty to Florence is now generally rejected by historians. By his wife, Clarice Orsini, Lorenzo had three sons: Piero, Giuliano, and Giovanni, of whom the third rose to the papacy as Leo X. Although a man of immoral life, his relations with his family show him under a favoural>le as|i( ct, niid, in a letter from one of the ladies of the JI.uii umi court, a charming account is given of how, on his ^\;iy in iht- congress of Cremona in liS'.i, Lorenzo visiteil the tionzaga children and sat among them in their nursery.

Piero di Lorenzo, Lorenzo's eldest son, b. 1471, d. 1503, a licentious youth with none of his father's abil- ity, proved a most incompetent ruler, and, on the French invasion of 1494, he was expelled from Flor- ence by the people, led l\y the patriotic Piero Capponi. After several fruitless attempts to recover his position, he was drowned at the battle of the Garigliano while


Lorenzo de* Medici Vasari, Uffizi Gallery, Florence

serving in the French aniiy. On the restoration of the Medici in l.')12, his son Lorenzo was made ruler of Flor- ence. With him, in 1,519, the legitimate male descent of Cosimo the Elder came to an end. By his wife, Madeleine de la Tour d'.\uvergne, he was the father of Caterina ile' Medici, afterw-ards (Juecn of France.

The Medici were again expelled from Florence, and the republic once more established, in 1,527. But in 1530, after the famous siege, the city was compelled to surrender to the imperial forces, and Charles V made Alessandro de' Medici, an illegitimate son of the younger Lorenzo, hereditary head of the Florentine government. All republican forms and offices were swept away, and Alessandro ruled as duke until, in 1537, he was as.sassinated by his kinsman, Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de' Medici, who fled to Venice without attempting either to assert his own claims to the suc- cession or to restore the republican regime.

Cosimo de' Medici, u.sually known as Cosimo I, b. 1519, d. 1574, was the descendant of a brother of Cos- imo the Elder and representative of the younger Medi- cean line. He was the son of Giovanni delle Bande Nere, the great soldier, and Maria Salviati. On the


murder of Alessandro, he came into Florence, and was formally recognized as head of the government both by the citizens and by the emperor. At the outset, with the aid of imperial troops, he crushed the last ef- forts of the repul)licans, who were led by Baccio Valori and Filippo Htrozzi. Various constitutional checks were at finst put upon him, but these he soon dis- carded, and openly used the title of Duke of Florence. Although ruthless and implacable, he proved himself the ablest Italian ruler of the sLxteenth century, and gave a permanent form to the government of Florence, finally developing the shapeless remains of the fallen republic into a modern monarchical state. He thor- oughly reorganized the laws and atlministration, cre- ated a small but efficient fleet to defend the shores of Tuscany, and raised a national army out of the old Florentine militia. He married a Spanish wife, the noble and virtuous Eleonora da Toledo, and in foreign affairs leaned to a large extent upon Spain, by which power, how-ever, he was prevented from accepting the crown of Corsica. His great desire of absorbing the neighbouring republics of Lucca and Siena into his dominions was fulfilled only in the case of the latter state; he conquered Siena in 1555, and in 1557 received it as a fief from the King of Spain.

Tradition has invested Cosimo's name with a .series of horrible domestic crimes and tragedies, all of which have been completely disproved by recent research. After the death of Eleonora da Toledo in 1562, he ap- pears to have abandoned himself to vice. A few years later he married his mistress, Cammilla Martelli. In 1570 he was crowned in Rome by Pius V as Grand Duke of Tuscany, thereby taking place among the sov- ereigns of Europe. The title was confirmed to his son antl successor, Francis I, in 1575, by the Emperor Maximilian II. Cosimo's descendants reigned as Grand Dukes of Tuscany in an unbroken Kne until 1737, when, on the death of Gian Gastone de' Medici, their dominions passed to the House of Austria.

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Medici, M.\ria de'. Queen of France; b. at Florence, 26 April, 1573; d. at Cologne, 3 July, 1642. She was a daughter of the Grand Duke Francis I of Tuscany and the Archduchess Joan of Austria, and married Henry IV of France, 5 October, 1600. In March, 1610, Henry IV, who was preparing to lead an expedition into Germany, against the .Spaniards and the Imperi- alists, appointed Maria de' Medici regent, with a coun- cil of fifteen; yielding to her insistence, he also caused her to be crowned queen on 13 May, 1610. Two hours after the assassination of Henry IV (14 May, 1610), the Due d'Epernon went to the Parliament and had Maria de' Medici declared regent, the little Louis XIII being not yet nine years of age. The policy of Henry IV, who, iiad he lived, would have striven more and more to secure alliances with Protestant powers, was replaced by a Catholic policy, aiming at a Spanish al- liance. The first act m tliis direction was the be- trothal of Louis XIII to the Infanta Anna (afterwards known as Anne of .Austria), and of Elizabeth of France to the Infant Philip (1612). There was agitation among the princes and the Protestants. The States- General, convoked by the queen regent in 1614, as a