When Cosimo de’ Medici was imprisoned in the Palazzo Vecchio, Filelfo urged the government to put him to death; when Cosimo triumphed Filelfo fled. For six years he taught at Siena and Bologna; finally (1440) Filippo Maria Visconti drew him to Milan with the unprecedented fee of 750 florins per year.
The Visconti family had a gaudy history of heresy, insanity, and murder. One of the more intriguing members, a nun named Maifreda, was burned at the stake in the year 1300 for claiming she was going to be the next pope. Giovanni Maria Visconti, Filippo Maria's older brother, trained his hounds to hunt people and eat their flesh.
MEDIEVAL WARFARE A HISTORY ... control in Milan in the vacuum created by the death of Filippo Maria Visconti (1447)without male heir. ... with an ugly brown stone ...
Sforza-Visconti Family Tree The Last Supper with Apostles Identified CHAPTER 1: The Bronze Horse CHAPTER 2: Portrait of the Artist as a Middle-Aged Man CHAPTER 3: The Cenacolo CHAPTER 4: Dinner in Jerusalem CHAPTER 5: Leonardo’s Court CHAPTER 6: The Holy League CHAPTER 7: Secret Recipes CHAPTER 8: “Trouble from This Side and That”
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Vitaliano took the surname Borromeo when he was given the citizenship of the city in 1406 by Filippo Maria Visconti, Duke of Milan. Fifteen years later his uncle named him as heir of his estate. Vitaliano held office at the Duke's court, first as treasurer (1418) and then as counsellor (1441).
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