Biography: Or Third Division of the English Cyclopaedia, (Classic Reprint)

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Accia uoli, N iccolo, a distinguished Italian states man, was born at Florence, September 12, 1310, of a good, though not noble family. He was sent by his father to Naples, where he had extensive business transactions, but Niccolo resolved to push his fortune at court, where he ingratiated him self with the Princess of Taranto, and was entrusted with the education of her three sons. After the death of King Robert, 1343, he secured the favour of Queen Joan, whose confidence he retained till his death. On the murder of her husband, Andreas of Hungary, it was Accia'uoli who procured her mar riege with his old pupil, Prince ouis of Taranto baffled the vengeance of King Louis of Hungary, the brother of Andreas and obtained the sanction of the Pope to the coronation of Joan and Louis in 1352. Acciajuoli was now created grand seneschal, and became the virtual ruler of the kingdom. King Louis having died in 1362, the seneschal procured the marriage of Joan in the following year with James, Prince of Minorca. Accia'uoli died in 1366, and was interred b order of Joan in the C urch of the Certosa, near Florence, oly which he was the founder, and where a splendid monument to his memory was erected from the designs of Orcagna, with coal ture in low relief by Donatello. Acciajuoli was a sagacious an vigorous states man, and thoroughly devoted to Joan. He was wealthy, osten tatious, and haughty, but he appears to have been generous, and wished to be esteemed a patron of men of learnin and genius. Petrarch felt flattered by his condescension Zano i di Strada received substantial favours at his hands and Boccaccio was invited by him to Naples, but soon retired in disgust.

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