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He was 74 years old (he was born in 1399) and did not possess much of a political past, except for the copiousness of his donations in favour of the Republic, which evil tongues attributed to a sort of washing of his conscience for exercising a vile activity, usury.

But the new doge, married to Dea Morosini, had just offered his own son Giovanni as a sacrifice to the fatherland in the fall of Negroponte (1470) and had been procurator of St. Mark's de supra since 12 April 1466.

The festivities for his inauguration were particularly sumptuous with the bestowal of coins not

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