Rinaldo degli Albizzi
(1370-1442) was a member of the Florentine family of the Albizzi.
Together with Palla Strozzi
, he was the main opponent of
Cosimo de' Medici
's rise in
Volterran revolt against Florence in 1428, Rinaldo degli Albizzi
was sent to 'reacquire' Volterra from rebels
led by priors and Giovanni di
Contugi. Afterwards, Rinaldo incited Niccolò Fortebraccio to "attack
the Lucchese under cover of some fictitious quarrel", an action
that led Florence to the conquest of Lucca.
During this campaign, Rinaldo degli Albizzi was accused of
attempting to increase his own wealth through sacking. He was
eventually removed from his position and recalled to
Later, in the 1430s, Rinaldo convinced several prominent nobles to
strike out against Cosimo de'
, whom he feared was getting too powerful. Eventually,
Rinaldo helped Bernardo Guadagni, a candidate for a position among
the Signori, pay off his debts, which had been disqualifying him to
run for office. Guadagni won the position of Gonfalonier
. Through Guadagni,
Rinaldo summoned Cosimo to the palace, where he was captured. After
a short trial, Cosimo was sentenced to 20 years' exile from
with the downturn of Florentine fortunes in the war with Milan, Cosimo
returned with popular acclamation barely a year later, and Rinaldo
was in his turn exiled. He died at Ancona.
- Florentine Histories, Niccolò