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Guillaume Briconnet, Bishop of Saint-Malo

French cardinal

1495

February 5

on Tuesday

5th February. The French Cardinal Sammalò,(1) who had just been made cardinal by the Pope, entered Florence. He had come here with the King of France as a bishop; and now he was returning to France. He had many horsemen with him. He was lodged in Santa Maria Novella in the papal apartments. All this time it was said that the King of France was in a bad situation, and there was cause for fear.

(1) Guillaume Briconnet, Bishop of Saint-Malo. From the 25th January, the Pisan ambassadors had written that the Reverandissimo of Saint-Malo, a man, they said, "of great intellect and authority," was going to be sent to Florence by the King of France, not on his way to France, but to remain in Tuscany or the neighbourhood, in order to preserve peace during the stay of the king in the kingdom of Naples; and in case of his going to Pisa begged the Signori to receive him and his suite with honour, "going to meet him outside, and with as many men" as was possible. He had left Rome the morning of the 27th January (Lettere, quoted i. 38).

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The moon was waxing gibbous that night.
Sunrise in Pisa was at 6:11 AM and sunset was at 6:18 PM.
Sunrise in France was at 6:11 AM and sunset was at 6:18 PM.
Sunrise in Florence was at 6:11 AM and sunset was at 6:18 PM.

1495

February 6

on Wednesday

1 day later

6th February. Costly presents were sent to him (i.e. to the cardinal).

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The moon was waxing gibbous that night.

1495

February 8

on Friday

2 days later

8th February. The Signoria went to visit him, and later, after having dined, sent eight(1) of the chief citizens to hear what he desired. And he asked for the money which had been promised to the king, and the loan of 40 thousand florins besides.

(1) Ammirato and the documents published in vol. i. of the Negotiations diplomatiques de la France avec la Toscane give five, and the names are as follows: Guidantonio Vespucci, Tanai de' Nerli, Guglielmo de' Pazzi, Francesco Valori, and Lorenzo de' Medici, who had changed his family name, taking that of Popolani.

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The moon was a full moon that night.

1495

February 11

on Monday

3 days later

11th February. There were negotiations with the cardinal concerning giving Pisa over to us, and he wanted 70 thousand florins.

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The moon was a full moon that night.
Sunrise in Pisa was at 6:11 AM and sunset was at 6:18 PM.

1495

February 17

on Sunday

6 days later

17th February. The Cardinal Sa' Malò left here, and went to Pisa in order to give it over to us. And some of our citizens went with him, amongst others Francesco Valori and Pagolantonio Soderini.

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The moon was in the last quarter that night.
Sunrise in Pisa was at 6:11 AM and sunset was at 6:18 PM.

1495

February 24

on Sunday

7 days later

24th February. The Cardinal di Sa' Malo returned from Pisa without giving it over to us. And it was said that we should have to take it by assault. It was also said that the king had a hand in it, for he held both the new and the old citadels.

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Astronomical Events

The moon was a new moon that night.
Sunrise in Pisa was at 6:10 AM and sunset was at 6:17 PM.

1495

February 26

on Tuesday

2 days later

26th February. A great procession was made, and the cardinal joined in it, and it took place three days running.

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The moon was waxing crescent that night.

1495

February 27

on Wednesday

1 day later

27th February. The Cardinal Sa' Malò left here, who had come to deliver Pisa over to us, and had not done so; but he carried away with him 22 thousand florins, and returned to the king at Naples.

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The moon was waxing crescent that night.
Sunrise in Naples was at 6:10 AM and sunset was at 6:16 PM.
Sunrise in Pisa was at 6:10 AM and sunset was at 6:16 PM.

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