Photographer's Note

Francesco Burlamacchi (1498-1547) is very interesting and intriguing figure in the politics of the former Republic of Lucca. He comes from a wealthy local merchant family, and already in 1533 he was elected President of the Republic. His main political goal was to unleash Lucca from hegemonic influence of the Medici Family. Burlamacchi worked on a secret plan gathering towns of Tuscany and Romagna and the formation of strong army to fight against powerful Medici. rnAs it so happens with those who are weak, there was a traitor who had informed Cosimo Medici about Burlamacchi's plan. War between Tuscany and Republic of Lucca became almost inevitable. However, intervened emperor Carlo V (Holy Roman Emperor) who requested the surrender of Burlamacchi. Burlamacchi was sentenced at the Court in Milan and executed by decapitation. rn1847 Lucca was annexed by Tuscany, however, a good deal of wealthy citizens have never accepted it, not even today. Anti-Tuscan feeling is strongly present in the city. The statue of Francesco Burlamacchi is a symbol of the local Masons and all those who do not feel Tuscans. Local people says that the statue deliberately turned her back to the church San Michele in Foro, because the Catholic Church strongly supports affiliation of Lucca in Tuscany.

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