Florentine philosopher, politician and writer. Born Florence 3. 5. 1469, died there 22. 6. 1527. 1498 member of the Florentine Chancery and secretary for foreign affairs. 1498–1512 travels through Italy and Europe as Florentine emissary. Arrested at Florence 1513, then banished by the Medici; 1514 private retirement to Sant’ Andrea in Percussina. From 1519 again some small assignments for the Medici. 1526 military advisor and emissary for Pope Clement VII.