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From Cosimo's death in 1464, his son Piero ruled for five years, and then was  succeeded by Cosimo's grandson, Lorenzo de Medici, known as 'Il Magnifico.' Lorenzo  lived more elegantly than had Cosimo, and enjoyed the spotlight of power immensely.  Under his control, the Florentine economy expanded significantly and the lower class  enjoyed a greater level of comfort and protection than it had before. During the period of  Lorenzo's rule, from 1469 to 1492, Florence became undeniably the most important city- state in Italy and the most beautiful city in all of Europe. The arts flourished, and  commerce increased, but Lorenzo let the family business decline, and the Medici were  forced to flee Florence two years after his death.  The popular uprising which ousted the Medici family was spawned by a fanatical priest,  Girolamo Savonarola. Savonarola had attracted a following since 1491, when he began 
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  • Fall '08
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  • Lorenzo de Medici, wealthy merchants, Girolamo Savonarola. Savonarola, new draconian constitution, family business decline, Pope Alexander VI.

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