In Venetian exiles, the Medici depend on their cousin Mario's branch and the doge Foscari, who appreciates a lavish library donation and sympathizes, promising to plead to shorten their banishment, apparently to no avail as the ruling council has other interests, so Lorenzo is inclined to accept an offer from the Milanese Visconti duke to send the Sforza army to Firenze, but Cosimo duly mistrusts that. While Piero gloomily waits and writes home and disapproves of his wife Luvrezi partying with the duke's mischievous son Jacopo, Cosimo confides into a courtesan 'courtesy of the duke' who becomes his lover, yet isn't duped by the middleman's dirty game. The Albizzi reign of terror needs ever more expensive mercenaries but faces an uprising, while marrying off his cousin is sabotaged by Cosimo brilliantly after his wife Contessina passed on secrets from her first love, Mantovese prince Ezio Contarini and talks into swing nobles like Pazzi.
Did You Know?
While Cosimo is Venice the view of the city shows the church of Il Redentore which not built until 1590 more than a century after Cosimo's time. See more