Wednesday, November 12, 2008

a correction, and an added detail

In yesterday's post, I wrote that April 26, 1478, the date of the assassination attempt on Lorenzo de' Medici (and the assassination of his brother Giuliano) was Easter Sunday. In fact, it was the Fifth Sunday of Easter, the Sunday before the Ascension.

I also mentioned that the assault was made during the celebration of Mass. In fact, the cue was the elevation of the Host and the words, "This is My Body."

For those with time and interest in this famously violent event, I recommend Lauro Martines, "April Blood: Florence and the Plot Against the Medicis" (Oxford 2003). Martines is also the author of an excellent book on Savonarola which i referred to in my first post and have listed in the sidebar.

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