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L I F E
LORENZO DE' MEDICI,
BY WILLIAM ROSCOE.
THE FIRST AMERICAN,
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LORENZO endeavours to secure the peace of
Italy—Rise of the modern idea of the balance of power-Conspiracy of Frescobaldi— Expulsion of the Turks from Otranto-The Venetians and the pope attack the duke of Ferrara, Lorenzo undertakes his defence—The Florentines and Neapolitans ravage the papal territories—The duke of Calabria defeated by Roberto Malatesta -Progress of the Venetianarms—Sixtus deserts cind excommunicates his allies-Congress of Cre
. mona—Death of Sixtus IV.-Succeeded by Giambattista Cibò, who assumes the name of Innocent VIII.-Lorenzo gains the confidence of the new pope—The Florentines attempt to recover the town of Sarzana-Capture of Pietra-Santa -Lorenzo retires to the baths of S. FilippoThe pope forms the design of possessing himself of the kingdom of Naples-Lorenzo supports the king—Prevails upon the Florentines to take a decided part-Effects a reconciliation between the king and the pope--Suppresses the insurrection at Osimo–Capture of Sarzana-Lorenzo protects the smaller states of Italy—The king of Naples infringes his treaty with the pope Peace again restored-Review of the government of Florence-Regulations introduced by LorenzoProsperity of the Florentine state-Highreputation of Lorenzo-General tranquillity of Italy.