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The once-vibrant dark eyes now seemed dulled under the flickering candlelight, anguish rippling across the waxy face. The boy leaned closer, straining to catch the words that were little more than a whisper as life’s final moments ebbed from the frail form. “You must journey to the library in Firenze, and remember—ensure that Lorenzo de’ Medici does not see you.”

Father Bruni

For years, Father Bruni has devotedly served the illustrious Medici family. A distinguished scholar, his expertise in ancient tomes, rather than his religious background, first captivated the Medicis. Lorenzo de’ Medici harboured a grand vision of constructing a library that would rival the legendary Library of Alexandria, one of the ancient world’s most significant and expansive libraries, before its unfortunate decline.

Before Michelangelo was commissioned to design the renowned Laurentian Library, Father Bruni embarked on a global quest to gather manuscripts and books under the Medici’s patronage. Many of these invaluable treasures were carefully stored in the vaults beneath the Sant’Antimo Abbey, while others found their way to the magnificent Medici villas in Florence. Some texts contained enigmatic knowledge that confounded even the brightest minds.

Shortly before Lorenzo’s death, the legendary Leonardo da Vinci offered to paint the portrait of his son, Giovanni de’ Medici — later to become Pope Leo X — in exchange for access to the treasured book collection. Lorenzo famously retorted that he would rather pay da Vinci in gold, deeming it of lesser value.

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