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Murder in the Cathedral

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Ken Dixon, when visiting the cathedral in Florence, discovered this story of a conspiracy and murder on 26 April 1478 by a chance remark.

At that time Florence was an Italian republic and the Medici family were the unofficial head and owners of the largest bank in Europe.

The rival banking families, Pazzi and Salviati, conspired to displace the Medici family by murdering Lorenzo de Medici and his brother Giuliance de Medici at the Easter service in the Duomo of Florence amongst 10,000 people. Giuliance died from 19 stab wounds and Lorenzo survived his single wound.

Ken described the details of the plot, the involvement of the Pope, the brutal murders and the revenge that followed.

The conspiracy failed as the Medici family gained in popularity and the conspirators were banished from Florence.

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