By Stefano Dall'Aglio, Donald Weinstein
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There is no doubt that they were informed on the facts, but given their degree of involvement it cannot be excluded that it was entirely in their interest to keep silent or to modify certain particulars. 41 Of course it is possible that the report of the involvement of “Il Freccia” was false, understandably circulated in Florence in the immediate aftermath, when the young Matteo took ﬂight with the other two, leaving the duke’s body in a pool of blood. A false notice that, if not effectively and promptly corrected, would have circulated not only in the very earliest letters but also in the reports of chroniclers and, most importantly, in the sentence issued in April by the Otto di Guardia e Balìa.
Cosimo’s education was very different from what was customarily imparted to a future head of state, and the Florentine elites were very happy to greet his arrival, convinced that his youth, his inexperience, and his lack of a commanding presence would make it easy to manipulate him. In the years to come they would ﬁnd that they were mistaken; the inﬂuence of the “grandi” on the life of Florence would be considerably reduced, all to the advantage of the young, inexperienced Cosimo. indb 20 4/24/15 9:29:53 AM After the Crime 21 8.
Heroic act Strozzi promised to arrange the marriage of two of his sons to the two sisters of Lorenzino, who would soon be deprived of their dowries. ”80 Not to be undone, Benedetto Varchi, the other great historian in the ranks of the Florentine republicans, wrote “diverse Latin and Tuscan compositions . . 81 Latin compositions came also from the pens of Girolamo Borgia and Francesco Maria Molza. 84 Others, like the anti-Medicean banker Bindo Altoviti, wanted to give a tangible proof of their appreciation and supplied Lorenzino with money: “At the death of Duke Alessandro, Filippo [Strozzi] gave him [Lorenzino] 100 scudi, and .