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Giambuono de Medici
Posted by: Peter Almada (ID *****2720) Date: February 24, 2008 at 15:04:56
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Hello to All:

Who was the earliest known Medici?

Christopher Hibbert's book "The House of Medici" identifies

one Averardo, a Knight-Vassal of Charlemagne whose valiant

deed in dispatching a fearsome Giant was allowed to

commemorate his victory on his dented shield.

These dents became the "palle" or balls on the Medici Coat

of Arms.

Various books identify Giambuono de Medici as the earliest

member of this family, active in the Mugello in 1176.

Hibbert's book goes on to give more prosaic, alternative

vocations to the earliest Medici ancestor, perhaps a

charcoal burner or a brewer of medicinal potions.

Can anyone clarify the above?


Best Regards,

Peter Almada

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