|Lorenzo de' Medici|
9 April 1492 (aged 43)
Lorenzo de' Medici (1449 – 1492) was an Italian statesman and de facto ruler of the Florentine Republic during the Italian Renaissance. Known as il Magnifico (the Magnificent) by contemporary Florentines, he was a diplomat, politician and patron of scholars, artists, and poets.
His life coincided with the high point of the early Italian Renaissance; his death marked the end of the Golden Age of Florence. The fragile peace he helped maintain between the various Italian states collapsed with his death. Lorenzo de' Medici is buried next to his brother Giuliano in the Medici Chapel in Florence.
Secretly, Lorenzo de' Medici was an ally of the Assassins, particularly the House of Auditore. Lorenzo worked closely with Giovanni Auditore da Firenze, a close friend and ally, against the corrupted Borgia. After Giovanni's death, Lorenzo was saved by his son Ezio during the Pazzi conspiracy. This caused a long-term relationship between them, with Ezio carrying out several assassination contracts in cities such as Forlì and Venice for Lorenzo.
Lorenzo was the most brilliant of Cosimo de' Medici's grandsons, and was already a successful diplomat as a child. His father, Piero the Gouty, was ill and absent from Lorenzo's and his brother Giuliano's lives, but managed to significantly increase the number of those opposed to the Medici reign of Florence. Lorenzo's mother, Lucrezia Tornabuoni, was a poet, and managed to instill in him a love of art and beauty that would greatly influence his adult lifestyle. Like his brother, he enjoyed horseback riding and jousting, but spent more time studying art and literature. Lorenzo was Piero's and Lucrezia's third child, and his brother Giuliano was the fourth. They had two older sisters. Sometime in his youth, Lorenzo fell into the Arno river and was saved from drowning by Giovanni Auditore, an event which started the friendship between the two families.
Working with GiovanniEdit
Lorenzo de' Medici was ruling over Florence, but several parties had conspired against the Medici family, trying to overthrow and move themselves into a position of power in their place. Lorenzo assigned Giovanni Auditore da Firenze, a close ally and an Assassin, to investigate.
Giovanni successfully captured one of Rodrigo Borgia's men, and handed him over to Lorenzo for interrogation. The man revealed an assassination plot to kill Galeazzo Maria Sforza, the Duke of Milan and a powerful ally of Lorenzo's. Lorenzo then sent Giovanni to Milan in order to prevent the assassination. Unfortunately, Giovanni failed, and the assassination was successful; though Giovanni did manage to retrieve an encrypted paper from the thug that led the assassination.
- "Francesco de Pazzi! I'll kill him! I'll wipe his entire family from the city! They'll be ERASED!"
- ―Lorenzo de' Medici, after the Pazzi Conspiracy was instigated.[src]
On April 26, 1478, Francesco de' Pazzi unsuccessfully tried to assassinate Lorenzo and his brother Giuliano, striving to become the ruler of Florence. In a frenzy, he leaped on Giuliano and stabbed him nineteen times, killing him. Lorenzo was wounded by two of the other conspirators, Stefano da Bagnone and Antonio Maffei, but rapidly drew his sword in a defensive attempt to stop them. He was quickly joined by Ezio Auditore da Firenze, the son of the late Giovanni, and the two men fought off Francesco and the Pazzi guards. After emerging victorious from the battle, they proceeded onward to the Palazzo Medici to seek sanctuary. With the gate opened by Lorenzo's servant Poliziano, Lorenzo was safely tended to inside his palazzo, and Ezio continued onward to assassinate Francesco de' Pazzi on Lorenzo's request.
Soon after, Ezio met with Lorenzo on the Ponte Vecchio. There, Lorenzo told him how he had been saved from drowning when he was six years old by one of Ezio's kinsmen. He also gave Ezio the names of several Pazzi conspirators, who Ezio left to kill.
In 1479, Ezio returned to Florence and happened past the Palazzo Medici. Noticing that a red cross had been painted on one of the palazzo's doors, Ezio went inside, and found the corpses of some of Lorenzo's servants in the courtyard. He soon realized that Pazzi hitmen were searching for Lorenzo, who had gone into hiding. Ezio battled his way through the palazzo, killed the Pazzi soldiers and found Lorenzo hiding in one of his treasure rooms. Lorenzo once again thanked him, and as a reward, permitted Ezio to take whatever he wanted from the treasure room. After claiming his reward, Ezio left to continue his hunt for Jacopo de' Pazzi.
Working with EzioEdit
In 1480, Ezio successfully found and killed Jacopo de' Pazzi, therefore successfully killing all of the major Pazzi conspirators. He met with Lorenzo in the Palazzo Medici's external courtyard, and Lorenzo thanked him once again and rewarded him with the Medici cape.
- After awarding Ezio with the Medici cape, Lorenzo could be seen walking the streets of Florence, and could be killed. This had no impact on the story however.
- Historically, as Rodrigo and Lorenzo sent their sons to the same university around the same time, and considering that Cesare and Giovanni de' Medici were friends during their schooldays, it is unlikely that they became enemies in reality.