Gregorio Pitti Analysis

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The memoirs of two Renaissance men: Buoanccorso Pitti and Gregorio Dati. Highlight some of the lifestyles of the time. Pitti was clearly the wealthier and political of the two, being involved in wars, diplomacy, and politics. Pitti took his business as more of a side job to his political involvements in France. Compared to his counterpart in the book, Pitti travels considerably more, spending more time outside of Florence as he travels to meet emperors, kings, and nobles.
Pitti’s memoirs also take on a novel persona as he writes to show his own exploits to the future generations rather than a record keeping style memoir of Dati. Pitti’s description of meeting with those of a higher rank, such as the meeting of the Holy Roman Emperor, put Pitti in a favorable light. His meeting with the newly elected Holy Roman Emperor, Rupert of Bavaria, shows that the emperor was on the verge of tears after failing to gather the nobles. He then entreats Pitti to go and save his honor by meeting the Florentine Signoria and have him front 25,000 thousand gold ducats. Pitti says he does not want to go, but the emperor almost seems to be begging him to do so. It seems that Pitti might be fluffing up the truth to make himself seem greater than he really was at that encounter. Pitti is shown to be an arrogant gambler that embellishing the truth is
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He joins a group of exiles, helps in a war against the Papacy, then later against Milan (where he goes to meet the HR emperor). He travels up to France and fights in Flanders against the English for the French. For all of this, politics seems to be his main focus. He does not seem to want power directly for himself, but rather influence and respect from those higher than him. He does talk about his loans and businesses, but it never takes center stage like it does for Dati. He talks about collecting loans from the lord of savoy, so he does not want to just throw money away without

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