The Pazzi Conspiracy Research Paper by sheki

The Pazzi Conspiracy
Research Paper exploring the corruption of the Papacy and specifically, the conspiracy between Pope Sixtus IV and Francesco Pazzi to remove the prominent Medici family from power in Florence by committing murder.
# 147517 | 2,434 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2011 | CA
Published on May 07, 2011 in History (European) , History (Religion)

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This paper reviews the increasingly frequent instances of corruption within the Papacy in the 15th century, including the practice of trading indulgences, (absolution without punishment) for the benefit of the Church and its leaders. The paper details the conspiracy between Pope Sixtus IV and Francesco Pazzi to remove the prominent Medici family from their powerful position as leaders of the city-state of Florence, Italy. Also included with the paper are details about the conspiracy from the birth of the idea by Pope Sixtus IV and Francesco Pazzi, the addition of several other conspirators, the formation of a plan to murder Lorenzo 'the Magnificient' Medici and the execution of said plan.

From the Paper:

"Unlike traditional Papal organizations of the Dark Ages, the Renaissance Popes placed their religious missions on the back burner, and focused on more worldly ambitions. Their drive to achieve the moral integrity of their Saviour was shaded by their lust for power in the international community. Many of the Renaissance Popes became active in the community politics and were also great patrons of local artists and merchants. Beginning in the fourteenth century, when the sacramental rite of penance became a private affair, many clergy members traded indulgences, (absolution without punishment), for various missionary services that would benefit the Church. This arrangement sparked an era of immoral behaviour, as the sins committed grew even more severe. Priests, Bishops and eventually Popes began to sell indulgences for services granted or for hearty cash donations. These men of the cloth abused their authority and ultimately made people question the integrity of the Catholic Church altogether. The aforementioned wrong doings of the church, however, are minor windows into the weak character of some of the Renaissance Popes. Others make us question if their fundamental values were ever intact."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Judith Hook, Lorenzo de' Medici (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1984). 28.
  • Charles L. Mee, Lorenzo de' Medici and the Renaissance (London: Cassell, 1969). 100.
  • Will Durant, The Renaissance (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1953). 112.
  • Franco Cardini, Europe 1492 (Milan: Anaya Editoriale s.r.l., 1989). 45.
  • C.M. Ady, Lorenzo de' Medici and Renaissance Italy (London: English Universities Press Ltd., 1964). 60.

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