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who am i?...

In 1492, at age 20, I took over from my deceased father as ruler of Florence and head of our vast banking empire.

By 1494 I had lost everything. Charles VIII of France led an army to our gates - I unconditionally surrendered and was exiled.

My four kids all died young, two in infancy, one at 26 and one at 35.

I was attempting to flee battle in 1503 when the boat I was in, overloaded with arms, capsized in the Garigliano river, and I drowned. I was 31 years old.

I was nicknamed Lo Sfortunato, and Il Fatuo (The Unlucky, and The Fatuous).

Who am I?

Piero de' Medici, unlucky firstborn son of Lorenzo the Magnificent.


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