Excerpt from Medallions From Early Florentine History The following pages are t intended as a complete and detailed history of Early Florence. The important task of writing such a work has already been accomplished by abler pens. The object of the present volume has been rather to detach from the phantasmagoria of mediaeval Italian politics certain of the more striking and important events connected with Florence; to free as far as possible from the dark atmosphere of petty intrigue, by which they are apt to be obscured and overshadowed, some of the most picturesque incidents, some of the most attractive personages, out of that entrancing but confused past. It has been endeavoured to place these before the reader as a sequence of Medallions rather than to weave them into a fixed design; to display them thus, hung as it were separately and with space for each to be viewed against its own background, instead of on those overcrowded walls of mediaeval history where they of right belong, but where they may easily fail to acquire their due significance. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.