Piero Soderini, the former Florentine life Gonfalonier
, was not an instigator of the 1522 antiMedici conspiracy (p.
in anul 1498 a fost numit secretar al Republicii insa adevarata lui cariera a inceput in 1502 "odata cu venirea lui Piero Soderini ca gonfalonier
al Republicii" caruia a stiut sa ii castige increderea si simpatia.
Lorenzo Ridolfi, a lawyer and leading statesman, pushed spiritual sanctions to reassert the authority of the priors against partisanship and factions which divided citizens and thus weakened the Republic in the consulte of January 1429; he had had the top political job in the city, Gonfalonier
of Justice, in 1426: Kent, 1978, 22, 215, 241.
Republicanism was in vogue in 1532 Florence when Alessandro de Medici was declared its head of state and perpetual gonfalonier
This fact is exaggerated in Machiavelli's history: Even though Cosimo served three two-month terms as gonfalonier
of justice (the highest office), the Histories do not record him in any office except ambassador.
The cobbler Antonio di Ciecho, from whom Petrucci bought his shoes, also took part in the baptism of most of his children, and a daughter born in 1409 was 'given to God' by the doublet maker Manno di Bonuccio di Manno, who was the gonfalonier
of Lion Rosso in 1427.
Niccolo expressed the hope early in 1438 that Florence was going to evolve into a more basically aristocratic regime like that of Venice, and in November 1465, when holding the highest executive office of Gonfalonier
, committed himself fatally to the overthrow of Medici controls upon office-holding.
On 1 November 1502 the office of gonfalonier
, the Republic's highest executive office, was transformed from a bimonthly to a life term as Piero Soderini became Florence's first gonfaloniere for life for the express purpose of rendering the government of the city more stable and efficient.
This means that some regimes described by medieval and Renaissance people as monarchical might be described as republican today; examples are the Serenissima Venice, with its lifelong doge, and the Florentine Republic, under which Machiavelli served and which he subsequently upheld as a good example, with Soderini as lifelong gonfalonier
Was it in fact "realism," or good old-fashioned class prejudice, that led him, in the Disco rso di Logrogno, to recommend reforms through which the Great Council and the office of the lifetime Gonfalonier
would in essence have neutralized each other, while real power in his reorganized "popular" government would have gone to a Senate of "wise men and "the best citizens," at least half of whom would have been appointed for life?