It is April 26 of the year of our Lord 1478, in the Cathedral of Florence one of the bloodiest episodes in Florentine history takes place: the Pazzi conspiracy. In an ambush hatched by the Pazzi family, sixteen-year-old Giuliano de' Medici dies under stab wounds, while his brother, Lorenzo Il Magnifico, manages to save himself even if wounded.
The Pazzi conspiracy is narrated by one of the key figures of the historical event, Giovanni da Montesecco, whose Confession, written on May 4, 1478, shortly before being sentenced to death, remains one of the privileged sources for knowing the preparatory phases for the conspiracy. The conspiracy took place in the choir of the Cathedral of Florence, under Brunelleschi's dome, during the mass of April 26, 1478. Two assassins killed Giuliano de' Medici, and seriously injured his brother Lorenzo "the Magnificent ”. The conspiracy, led by Jacopo and Francesco dei Pazzi, was orchestrated by a group of leading figures in Italy at the time, including Girolamo Riario, the Archbishop of Pisa Francesco Salviati and Pope Sixtus IV. In fact it was a failed coup in Republican Florence. The failure of the conspiracy, with the failed assassination of Lorenzo and therefore the survival of his powerful family, and the popular uprising against the conspirators themselves, resulted in a terrible bloodshed, with lynchings, summary executions and death sentences.
A bloody event that cast a shadow over the historical and geographical heart of the Renaissance. From today the pilot episode is available, on the 545th anniversary of the Conspiracy, and from 10 May to 28 June, every Wednesday, the other seven episodes of the series.