Book Description: In 1537, Alessandro deâ€™ Medici, Duke of Florence, was brutally stabbed by his cousin Lorenzino. Here, for the first time in English, we can examine the murdererâ€™s own defense of his actions in this jewel of Renaissance rhetoric. In this compelling diatribe, Lorenzino deâ€™ Medici presents himself as worthy of comparison with some of the greatest heroes of classical Greece and Rome, purely motivated by love of liberty. His account, however, is generally assumed to be false, and Lorenzinoâ€™s reputation is that of a brutal, amoral thug, the antihero of Alfred de Mussetâ€™s drama Lorenzaccio. When the Medici regime was reinstated the same year as Alessandroâ€™s murder, Lorenzinoâ€™s own assassination was ordered; here, dramatically paired with the Apology, is the fascinating account of Francesco Bibbone, Lorenzinoâ€™s own murderer. Florentine nobleman and dramatist Lorenzino deâ€™ Medici is one of the most notorious figures of Renaissance Italy.