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Francesco Accolti (c. 1416[1] – 1488), also called Francesco d'Arezzo, was an Italian jurist. The brother of Benedetto Accolti, he professed jurisprudence at Bologna from 1440 to 1445, and afterwards at Ferrara, Siena, and Pisa.

He possessed a strong understanding and powerful eloquence. The distinction which he acquired was so great, that he flattered himself with the expectation of obtaining a cardinal's hat, on the accession of Sixtus IV to the pontifical throne; and when it was refused him, the pope though it necessary to accompany the refusal with this complimentary apology: "I would gladly have granted you the honor, had I not feared, that your preferment, by removing you from your school, would have hindered the progress of science." The reputation of Accolti was tarnished by the parsimony with which he amassed vast treasures. He wrote several treatises on law, and translated some of the writings of Chrysostom.[2]

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  • Accolti, other members of the family


  1. ^ Black, Robert (2002). Benedetto Accolti and the Florentine Renaissance (Paperback). Cambridge University Press. p. 4. ISBN 0-521-52227-7.
  2. ^   This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Aikin, John (1815). General Biography (ten volumes ed.).

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