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Pier Saccone Tarlati, The Controversial Politician of Arezzo

Italian CondottieriPier Saccone Tarlati, The Controversial Politician of Arezzo

Ambitious, enterprising, valorous, and at times, somewhat imprudent. Historians describe his figure in a controversial manner. To some, he is a perfidious and venal man; to others, an honest yet unfortunate character; a skilled politician for the former; lacking perspicacity for the latter. In any case, his best qualities are evident in Arezzo, where he excels in the administration and legislative framework of the city, and in the realization of public and urban works.

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The Ambitious Leader Behind Arezzo’s Development

Pier Saccone Tarlati (Pietro da Pietramala), Ghibelline. Nicknamed Saccone, by some for his large build, and by others due to his greed for goods and possessions. He hailed from Arezzo and was the lord of Arezzo, Città di Castello, Sansepolcro, Bibbiena, Pietramala, Chiusi della Verna, Castiglion Fiorentino, Pianettole, Montecchio, Ranco, Mignano, Sarna, Monterchi, Caprese Michelangelo, Faeto, Penna, Cagli, Casteldelci, Raggiolo, Serra, Farneta, Rondine, Bucine, Pogi, Caposelvi, Mercatale-Torre, Civitella, Pietramala, Galatrona, and Tennenano. He was the brother of Tarlatino Tarlati and Guido, the Bishop of Arezzo, and the uncle of Giovanni Tedesco da Pietramala.

Born: 1275 ca.
Death: 1356

Year, monthState, Comp. venturaOpponentConductActivity AreaActions taken and other salient facts
1311TuscanyHe was appointed imperial vicar of Castiglione Aretino (Castiglion Fiorentino). He assumed lordship of the area, despite imperial admonitions intended to confirm the long-standing privileges of its inhabitants. In the same year, his father Angelo concluded a peace treaty (the Peace of Civitella) with the Guelf Bostoli, which included all families affiliated with the various factions.
1312EmpireChurchLazioHe was knighted in Rome alongside his brother Tarlatino by Emperor Henry of Luxembourg.
1315
Aug.ArezzoFlorenceTuscanyHe participated in the Battle of Montecatini at the head of 140 gentlemen from Arezzo.
1318TuscanyUpon the death of his father, leadership of the family passed to his brother Guido, Bishop of Arezzo. Guido remained in governance of the city until his death in 1327.
1320
Mar.ArezzoRiminiTuscanyTogether with his brother Tarlatino, he purchased from Guido Novello da Bagno the castles of Bucine, Pogi, Renola, Caposelvi, Galatrona, Mercatale-Torre, Tennenano, Venandello, and Rigoni. He opposed the Malatesta in the Rimini area.
…………His presence is noted in Umbria, particularly in Spoleto, where he was called to take command of the city’s troops.
1321
Apr.GhibellinesChurchFor assaulting Rimini, he was condemned along with Lippaccio da Osimo by Amelio di Lautrec, the rector of the Marca, on the orders of Pope John XXII.
1323
Oct.ArezzoChurch, PerugiaUmbriaHe entered Città di Castello through the Porta di San Giuliano (now Porta San Giacomo) with his brother Tarlatino, Arrigo della Petrella, and Geri degli Ubaldini, at the head of 300 cavalry and many infantry from Forlì and Arezzo. He found the Porta di San Guglielmo (later named Porta San Giacomo) open and stormed into the city. In the clash, Branca Guelfucci was killed. Four hundred Guelfs, including the traitors who facilitated the entry of the Ghibellines, were expelled from the city.
Dec.TuscanyHe besieged the fortress of Caprese Michelangelo; the defenders surrendered under the condition that they would not receive reinforcements within a ten-day period.
1327
Feb.LombardyHe traveled to Milan to visit Ludovico il Bavaro (Louis the Bavarian). His brother Guido crowned the emperor with the Iron Crown in place of Pope John XXII, who opposed this appointment.
Sept.UmbriaHe besieged Monte Santa Maria Tiberina by constructing five siege towers. Additionally, two trebuchets and several catapults were used. At the same time, his troops destroyed the surrounding crops and set fire to the nearby houses.
Oct.TuscanyUpon the death of his brother Guido, he was appointed Lord of Arezzo for one year along with his brother Rodolfo. His concern now also included appointing a bishop favorable to him. A Friar Minor named Mansueto was elected. At the end of the month, the intervention of the Perugians forced him to cease the siege operations of Monte Santa Maria Tiberina. He retreated towards Cagnano, Città di Castello, and Citerna, always pursued by his adversaries. Since Città di Castello was well-defended, the Perugians then advanced towards Promano and Fratta Todina, destroying mills and everything in their path.
1328
Jan.EmpireChurchLazioHe was knighted in Rome with his brother Tarlatino by Emperor Louis the Bavarian.
Mar.TuscanyHe was excommunicated by Pope John XXII along with Louis the Bavarian and Castruccio Castracani.
Oct. – Dec.TuscanyHe obtained the investiture of Arezzo and Città di Castello from the emperor. At the end of October, he besieged Borgo San Sepolcro (Sansepolcro), where several siege towers were erected. In December, there was a sortie by the defenders, during which the siege towers were set on fire, including one that housed Pier Saccone Tarlati. Among the attackers, 200 men were killed or captured. The prisoners were taken to Monterchi. The defenders surrendered at the end of the year.
1329
Mar.TuscanyWith his brother Roberto, he seizes Sansepolcro after an eight-month siege and becomes its lord. For five years, he expands the territory of Arezzo at the expense of the papal domains in Romagna and the lands of Neri della Faggiola.
1330ArezzoFaggiuola, PerugiaTuscany, MarcheHe obtains the appointment as imperial vicar of Arezzo. He is engaged in various campaigns in Val Tiberina and Massa Trabaria, confronting the Perugians, Neri della Faggiola, the Ubertini, the counts of Montauto, and the Montedoglio. The city of Arezzo is subjected to an interdict by the Curia of Avignon. He is forced to acknowledge his faults. The bishops appointed by the Tarlati in Arezzo and Città di Castello, including Bartolomeo Tarlati, also submit to the pope’s will.
1331
Mar. – MayTuscanyWith his brother Tarlatino, he concludes a peace treaty in Bibbiena with Simone di Battifolle. The inhabitants of the castle of Vallebuona rebel against his lordship and raise the banner of the papal legate Bertrand du Pouget (Bertrando del Poggetto) on the walls. The fortress is attacked and conquered by his soldiers. Pier Saccone Tarlati moves towards the lands of the della Faggiola. His devastating actions prompt the Florentines, led by Pino della Tosa, to intervene in May to put an end to his raids in those territories. He accepts their recommendation, evacuates the occupied lands, but not before seizing the castle of Plebe.
1332
Jan.ArezzoCortonaTuscanyHe attempted to seize Cortona by night through a plan organized by his brother Lialetto, who lived in the city. Among those involved in the conspiracy was Uguccione Casali, the brother of the city’s lord, Ranieri. The plot was discovered, leading to the decapitation of some conspirators and the hanging of 30 others from the battlements of the city walls. Uguccione Casali was imprisoned, where he later died.
Mar.SienaPisaTuscanyHe sent 160 cavalry to assist the Sienese in their conflict with the Pisans during the War of Massa. He joined forces with the Battifolle and attacked the castle of Valbuoi di Massa, which had rebelled against him; he destroyed it. He then attacked the lands of the della Faggiuola family. The Florentines, led by Pino della Tosa, intervened and persuaded him to desist.
…………TuscanyHe enacted one of the earliest sumptuary laws in Italy in Arezzo.
1333
MayTuscanyIn the Palazzo del Popolo of Florence, a peace treaty is concluded on behalf of Arezzo with Florence. There is a mutual commitment to never offend each other again and to forgive past wrongs. In the event that these agreements are not observed by either of the two contracting municipalities, a penalty of 10,000 silver marks is stipulated.
JuneArezzoFaggiuolaMarche, TuscanyHe conducted a raid in Massa Trabaria, besieging Mercatello sul Metauro and entrenching nearby. After receiving 200 cavalry from the Sienese, he took control of the locality. Additional reinforcements arrived from Montepulciano, whose soldiers moved to Castiglion Fiorentino to hinder the enemy’s supply lines, and from the Counts of Battifolle, who took over the defense of Arezzo with 600 infantry.
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1334ArezzoFaggiuolaMarcheHe signed a peace treaty with the Guidi of Romena. Taking advantage of this, he again attacked the della Faggiuola. He besieged Casteldelci, surrounding the castle with 16 siege towers. Neri della Faggiuola intervened to assist the defenders with 600 Perugian cavalry, but Pier Saccone Tarlati blocked their path. In the autumn, he sent troops to support the Malatesta in their war against the Papal forces.
1335
Apr.ArezzoPerugia, Florence, FaggiuolaUmbriaAllied against him were Nolfo da Montefeltro, lord of Urbino, Montedoglio, Neri della Faggiuola, Ferrandino Novello Malatesta, the Ubertini, the Ubaldini, and Ranieri Casali, lord of Cortona. His brother-in-law Ribaldo da Montedoglio handed over Sansepolcro to della Faggiuola, who entered the city with 200 cavalry and 500 infantry. Pier Saccone Tarlati attempted in vain to aid the defenders of the fortress. His brother Roberto was forced to surrender (with lives spared) after twelve days of siege.
MayTuscanyIn Arezzo to gather troops, the pope ordered him to return the territories he had usurped from the Papal States to the Holy See.
JuneTuscany, UmbriaRanieri Casali and the Perugians (800 cavalry and 5,000 infantry) attacked him in Val di Chiana. Pier Saccone Tarlati emerged from Castiglion Fiorentino with 500 cavalry and many infantry, forcing the Perugians to flee in disarray toward Cortona. In the clash, the adversaries lost 100 cavalry between dead and prisoners and more than 200 infantry; some sources state that 1,059 Perugians were killed, and 300 prisoners were taken along with 24 standards. Tarlati immediately moved to the Perugian countryside, reaching the city’s walls and setting fire to Tuoro sul Trasimeno (100 houses). He then advanced to Battivalle, Lignale, captured Montegualando and Palazzo, and burned Sanguineto and Mandrelle. The next day, he left Tuoro sul Trasimeno, headed to Corte di Nazino, occupied Sant’Agata, Orsolini, Cornia, Montegetti, and Passignano sul Trasimeno; he set Monte Ruffiano and La Torricella ablaze, and reached Montecolognola, whose defenders (30 cavalry) fled. On this day alone, 200 more houses were burned. He also took Fontignano and halted at Pian di Carpine (Magione). On the third day, he rode to Monachia and Fontana, set Corciano on fire, approached Perugia, and hanged some Perugians; he returned to Magione and left a trail of destruction in Lancarello, San Feliciano, Ponte di Valle, Sanfatucchio, Panicarola, Paterno, and all the villages around Lake Trasimeno, destroying 700 houses in total. He then returned to Castiglion Fiorentino, preventing Casali from seizing La Noceta through a treaty.
Sept. – Oct.Umbria, TuscanyHe moved to Val d’Ambra and demolished some castles that had rebelled against him, such as Bucine, Galatrona, and San Leolino. At the end of the month, the Perugians hired 1,000 German cavalry (the Company of the Dove stationed in Cortona) and the Florentines sent 150 cavalry against him; meanwhile, he lost 150 Genoese crossbowmen who were robbed by the Florentines while trying to reach him from Liguria. Neri della Faggiuola, the sons of Tano degli Ubaldini, and Branca Guelfucci arrived with 600 cavalry and many infantry before a gate of Città di Castello; the gate was opened to them by some of their supporters who were on guard. They stormed into the town. Rodolfo Tarlati, the lord of the town, was forced to surrender along with his five sons and two nephews, the sons of Tarlatino Tarlati. All were imprisoned in Perugia. Pier Saccone Tarlati was driven back to Montecchio. In the last days of October, he made peace with his adversaries.
Nov.TuscanyHe thwarted an attempt by Guido degli Ubertini to seize the castle of Rondine. He limited himself to monitoring the movements of the Perugians who had resumed raiding the Aretino area. The Perugians repeated the mockery he had carried out months earlier under the walls of Perugia.
Dec.RomagnaHe seized the castle of Illico from Neri della Faggiuola after a five-month siege.
1336
Apr.ArezzoFlorence, PerugiaTuscanyHe sent troops to defend the castle of Monterchi. The fortress was captured by the inhabitants of Città di Castello. Pier Saccone Tarlati, in the middle of the month, recaptured it by defeating the castellans. During the same period, he allied with Mastino della Scala against the Florentines. The lord of Verona sent him 800 cavalry, who were blocked at the passes of the Apennines by 600 Florentine cavalry and another 600 provided by Bologna and other Guelfs in the area.
July – Aug.TuscanyThe Florentines (700 cavalry) and Perugians looted the countryside of Arezzo. Pier Saccone Tarlati signed a peace treaty with della Faggiuola, which was sealed by the marriage of his daughter to his rival’s son, Francesco.
1337
Mar.TarlatiChurch, PerugiaTuscanyPersuaded also by the Sienese Regolino dei Tolomei, he surrendered with his brother Tarlatino to the Florentines; he ceded the lordship of Arezzo in exchange for 42,800 florins and another 18,000 for six months of pay owed to his mercenaries. He reserved for himself, however, the lordship of Castiglion Fiorentino. He received the Florentines at the city gate and handed over the keys and the banner of justice in the cathedral. He was allowed to remain in Arezzo, retain ownership of the castles in his possession, and obtain Florentine citizenship. He was attacked in the Marche by the Papal forces eager to seize Cagli and Mercatello sul Metauro.
Apr.TuscanyPier Saccone Tarlati went to Florence with 100 Aretines and was received with full honors. He was also invited to a grand banquet held in Santa Croce, attended by a thousand citizens of the republic. He had to leave the city upon hearing the news of Monterchi’s fall to Ugolino del Monte a Santa Maria and the Perugians. He quickly recaptured the locality with the help of the Florentines. Following the agreements reached after this victory, the Perugians released Rodolfo Tarlati and his family members who had been captured in Città di Castello two years earlier in September.
MayTuscanyThe Florentines prevented his expulsion from Arezzo.
JuneFlorenceVeronaTuscanyHe assisted Rolando dei Rossi with 40 cavalry and 400 Aretine infantry in his attack against Lucca, which was being defended by Azzo da Correggio.
1338
Apr.TuscanyHe handed over the castle of Civitella to the Florentines.
1340
Jan.TuscanyHe also had to cede the castle of Rondine to the Florentines.
1341
………TuscanyHe sent 200 infantry and 50 cavalry to aid the Florentines.
Oct.TuscanyHe entered Lucca, which was besieged by the Pisans, with some cavalry and infantry; many of his men drowned in the Serchio while attempting to ford the river.
Nov.TuscanyHe returned to Arezzo, where the Ghibellines attempted to rise up. The podestà, Guglielmo Altoviti, immediately had him imprisoned along with his family members Rodolfo, Guido, Lussemburgo, and Guglielmo.
1342
Jan.TuscanyPier Saccone Tarlati was taken in chains to Florence after being stripped of his possessions and was imprisoned for an extended period in the Palazzo dei Priori.
May – JuneGhibellinesFlorenceTuscanyHe was liberated by Gualtieri di Brienne, Duke of Athens. He had Bibbiena and other castles in the Aretino, including Tuori, which belonged to him by a third, restored to him. In June, in an attempt to reenter Arezzo, he, along with other Ghibellines, organized a plot to seize the city. The Porta Buia was opened for him, allowing 300 of his supporters to enter; Tarlati broke a section of the wall near another gate. However, his entry was blocked; the Guelfs hindered and repelled the attempt. Twenty Ghibellines were captured and hanged beside the Porta Buia. In the city, palaces and houses of supporters of the Tarlati cause were demolished.
1343
SpringTuscanyHe occupied Montacuto, Pietranera, and Mignano. Following yet another reconciliation between the Guelfs and Ghibellines, he returned the three castles and received Rondine back in return.
July – Aug.TuscanyUpon learning that Gualtieri di Brienne had been expelled from Florence, Pier Saccone Tarlati moved against Arezzo once more. The castellan Guelfo Buondelmonti entrusted the city’s castle to the inhabitants. Pier Saccone Tarlati plundered the territory near the capital, attacked Castiglion Fiorentino, and obtained the castle and the fortress from the Florentines after paying them 7,000 florins. Once inside, he selected some men, women, and children and imprisoned them. These individuals were tortured to extort money; others were executed or had their property confiscated.
1344
JuneTarlatiPerugiaUmbria, Marche, TuscanyThe Perugians besieged the castle of Tuoro sul Trasimeno; in retaliation, Pier Saccone Tarlati attacked Citerna. The locality was handed over to him by some Lombard mercenaries who preferred to entrust it to Tarlati rather than defend it for the Perugians. He also seized Casteldelci after an eight-month siege. Upon learning that Castiglion Fiorentino had fallen into enemy hands, he rushed there, captured the castle, apprehended Andrea Bardi and Giacomo Pulci, and expelled the garrison commanded by Pietro di Bindolo. Shortly thereafter, he himself was besieged there.
1345
JuneTuscanyHe made peace with the Florentines and remained the lord of Pietramala, Pianettole, Murlo, Chiusi, Montecchio, Montaguto, Pietranera, Ranco, Carciano, Mignano, Faeto, Sarna, Vignole, Monterchi, Penna, Gaenna, Celle di Sovara, Casale, Montanina, Valialla, Castel San Domenico, Giampareta, Catenaria, Lelci, Sorci, Caprese Michelangelo, Rocca Cinghiata, Vezzano, Raggiolo, Serra, and Farneta.
1351
JulyMilanFlorence, PerugiaTuscanyHe allied with the Visconti, the lord of Cortona Bartolomeo Casali, the Ubertini, and the Pazzi of Valdarno to fight against the Florentines. He received 250 barbutes in support. He left Bibbiena to oppose the Counts Guidi.
Aug.TuscanyWith Nolfo da Montefeltro and Bustaccio degli Ubertini (350 cavalry and 2,000 infantry), he left Mugello, stormed into Val d’Ambra and Valdarno towards Figline. Albertaccio Ricasoli (650 cavalry and many infantry) intercepted him while he was besieging the castle. Pier Saccone Tarlati withdrew silently without the enemies noticing.
Sept.TuscanyHe was joined by Duke Rinaldo Tedesco with 400 cavalry to confront the Perugians and Florentines in Valdarno with greater determination. At Olmo, 6 miles from Arezzo, 600 Perugian cavalry camped. Pier Saccone Tarlati set out at night with 400 cavalry and 2,000 infantry; the following morning, he attacked his adversaries. Initially captured because, despite his age, he advanced too far ahead of his troops, he was freed by the Brandagli. Three hundred cavalry were captured along with 27 banners; he returned to Bibbiena with the spoils. He released the prisoners without arms and mounts.
Oct.TuscanySupported by Rinaldo Tedesco (300 cavalry), he once again left Bibbiena to assist the Brandagli in seizing Arezzo. The conspiracy was discovered in the city, and the road was barricaded with fences and trees; thus, he chose to return to Bibbiena.
Nov.TuscanyWith the aid of 400 Visconti cavalry led by Guglielmo Pallavicini, he advanced on Sansepolcro. One of his supporters, Arrighetto di San Polo, a notorious acrobatic thief, took advantage of the bad weather that reduced vigilance. He approached a gate, entered a tower, threatened to kill the two sentries, and brought in 12 soldiers who accompanied him. A signal was given to the Boccognani, residents and supporters of Pier Saccone Tarlati; they rang a church bell and called the local Ghibellines to arms. Pier Saccone Tarlati led the attack with 500 cavalry and 2,000 infantry, storming Sansepolcro and preventing its sacking. Together with Guglielmo Pallavicini, he besieged the Perugians in the two fortresses, forcing them to surrender in four days. As a result, the commune of Perugia collected a deposit of 1,000 lire that each of the two castellans had been required to post upon their appointment. Shortly after, the castle of Anghiari, which would be returned to Masio da Pietramala, and the castle of Pieve Santo Stefano also fell.
Dec.Tuscany1,400 Perugian cavalry and 500 Florentine cavalry left Città di Castello and entered Sansepolcro, where they set many houses on fire. Pier Saccone Tarlati pursued them but fell into a prearranged ambush. He barely escaped after suffering significant losses. Among his men, 60 cavalry were killed, and six constables, Manfredi dei Pazzi, and many German and Burgundian cavalry were captured.
1352
Feb.Tuscany, UmbriaHaving secured an alliance with Nolfo di Montefeltro, he rode towards Perugia with more than 1,000 cavalry. He reached Cortona and, with the Visconti forces, rode through Perugian territory, plundering the villages around Lake Trasimeno. He set the castle of Vaiano on fire, besieged Montecolognola with Montefeltro (where Ferrandino Novello Malatesta met his death), and unsuccessfully attacked Castiglione del Lago for 15 days. From there, he moved on to Perugia, causing significant damage to the surrounding area. He returned to Cortona and Sansepolcro, where the spoils were sold. In retaliation, the Perugians moved against the lord of Cortona, Bartolomeo Casali.
May – JuneTuscany600 Florentine cavalry plundered the lands of the Ubertini, the Pazzi of Valdarno, and the Tarlati around Cornia, Penna, Gaenna, and Bibbiena. Pier Saccone Tarlati initially took refuge in Bibbiena with a few cavalry and 1,200 infantry; the Ghibellines bravely defended the surrounding vineyards. In June, he left the city, headed towards Montecchio with 70 cavalry and 1,000 infantry, and camped on a hill overlooking the Arno. He clashed with the Florentines and repelled their attack on one flank, believing victory was within reach, and charged them. However, he did not notice another group crossing the river and was caught from behind. He fled on horseback to Bibbiena. Among his men, 100 were killed and 200 were captured, including one of his sons; many were also wounded. The prisoners were taken, bound, to Florence and were later released.
July – Sept.TuscanyHe unsuccessfully attempted to aid the defenders of Bettona, who were forced to surrender under terms in December. Pier Saccone Tarlati positioned himself at Quarata with 1,800 cavalry and captured the village; 100 Florentine cavalry hindered his plan to set the place on fire. In September, Rinaldo Tedesco arrived in Bibbiena with 400 cavalry sent by the lord of Milan, Archbishop Giovanni Visconti. He followed the Visconti forces to surprise 600 Perugian cavalry near Olmo, two miles from Arezzo, who had come to aid the Perugians. He took part in the combat despite his age. Surrounded by his adversaries, he was saved by a sortie of Aretine cavalry led by the Brandagli.
Oct.TuscanyWith the Pazzi of Valdarno, Bishop Ubertini of Arezzo, and the Ubaldini (2,000 cavalry, many provided by the Visconti, and 2,500 infantry), he set out from Quarata. In the following days, they passed Montevarchi unnoticed due to a dense fog, bypassed Incisa Valdarno, and entered Figline Valdarno. The inhabitants, taken by surprise, abandoned all their belongings (household goods, provisions, livestock) to seek refuge in the nearby castle of the Bene. He did not attempt to assault the castle. The Ghibellines, still protected by the fog, set fire to some houses, burned the Tartagliese, and after three days returned to Arezzo. There, they dispersed to reach their respective winter quarters, while the Visconti forces returned to Lombardy.
………TuscanyHe supported (with 300 cavalry and infantry) in Arezzo the attempt by Martino and Guido Brandagli to seize control of the city. He arrived late with the other Ghibelline conspirators and found the road blocked by their adversaries, so he decided to return to Bibbiena. The Brandagli, however, continued their insurrection attempt, barricading themselves in a city gate and their fortified palaces in Arezzo. Martino Brandagli, captured by the Florentines, negotiated on behalf of his family for their safe exit from the city along with their belongings, and a compensation of 3,000 florins for expenses. Pier Saccone Tarlati, for his part, continued the conflict; he set fire to the Tartagliese and continued to devastate the Aretino. With the onset of winter, he returned to Montevarchi laden with spoils and prisoners.
1353
Apr.TuscanyHe conducted one last raid before the signing of the Peace of Sarzana, rustling livestock as far as Laterina. The peasants rebelled and forced him to release the spoils and seek refuge in Bibbiena. With the peace agreement, his properties were returned to him; however, he was not permitted to reenter Arezzo and was prohibited from approaching the city within four miles. He also reconciled with the Perugians, agreeing to pay them 4,000 florins for the possession of Caprese Michelangelo and the fortress of Tertacciano, which he had taken from his adversaries.
1354
JuneTuscanyHe sold the castle of Bevignano to the Florentines.
1355
Feb.TuscanyHe went to Pisa with two sons, a nephew, and 50 armed men to plead his case before Emperor Charles of Bohemia and the Bishop of Arezzo, an Ubertini. He entered the city through the Porta di San Marco with many citizens; his arrival was announced by trumpets. He stayed along the Arno in the house of the Griffi and requested the lordship of Arezzo. He behaved with such arrogance that he was not granted any audience.
Mar.TuscanyHe went to Siena with Francesco Castracani on behalf of Charles of Bohemia in response to an ongoing revolt in the city.
1356TuscanyHe persuaded his son Marco to attack the Ubertini to seize the castle of Gressa from them. He died in the fortress of Bibbiena upon hearing of the failure of this initiative. The Aretines quickly attempted to conquer the three castles remaining to the Tarlati. His coat of arms featured six square stones on a blue field topped by a spread eagle. He was married to Marietta Spinola.

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-“Prò e valente uomo fu e avvisato in fatti di guerra ma più in operazioni di trattati e di furti e di subite cavalcate, che in campo o in aperta guerra; e’ fu fortunato contro agli altri suoi nemici, e infortunato contro al comune di Firenze, e per animosità di parte ghibellina non seppe tener fede.” VILLANI

-“Questo tale fu uomo molto prestante nell’arte militare, ma poco atto alle cose civili.. Di corpo sì robusto, che insino allo stremo tempo della sua età portava l’armi, e sofferiva dì e notte le fatiche della guerra, e trovavasi presente ai pericoli e alle battaglie. Costui nella sua età fece molte cose, e ebbe varie evoluzioni, e fu assai sufficiente capitano di guerra, benché pel troppo ardire fusse poco cauto, e per quella ragione ricevesse altre volte detrimento.” L. ARETINO

-“El cavalier pregiato miser Piero/ che d’ardire e prodezza fu dotato,/ ben proveduto e savio baccelliero.” B. DI GORELLO

-“Admodum senex erat enim supra octogenarius, sed corpore ita robusto, ut neque ad extremos ferme annos arma induere ac nocturnos diurnosque militiae labores suscipere ac proelio periculisque interesse numquam destiterit…Hic fuit vir bello quidem admodum praestans, ad urbanas vero conversationes non satis plus. Cum tamen opes a fratre (il vescovo Guido Tarlati) partas suscepisset, non solum tenuit eas armis, verum etiam extendit, praecipue tyrannis et his quidem suarum partium in festus, quos castellis arcibusque exutos large lateque disperserat.” BRUNI

-“Huomo di gran conto in que’ tempi.” PELLINI

-“Salito in fama di uno dei più valorosi di quella età.” TROYA

-“Operò saviamente eziandio emanando altre leggi su’ mortorii e i conviti, affinché la frugale semplicità, il decoro della religione, la domestica economia e la pubblica grandezza fossero a’ cittadini unico desiderio, e creava a presiedere a ciò un magistrato appellato uffiziale del freno. Intrepido condottiero.” SEZANNE

-Contro i perugini “E messer Piero, e’ suoi con ardimento/ Verso Cortona, infin presso alle porti/ Li seguitò, e poscia non s’indugia:/ Con gli suoi cavalier gagliardi, e forti/ E’ cavalcò sopra quel di Perugia,/ E ‘n cinque giorni, di ciò, che trovaro,/ Non vi campò voler d’una grattugia.” PUCCI

-“Ambizioso ed intraprendente Barone di quel tempo e capo allora del partito Ghibellino in Toscana.” ANONIMO DI CORTONA

-“Era ritenuto il più bravo dei Ghibellini… Sempre insofferente di ogni riposo e d’ogni indugio…Grandemente esperto delle cose di guerra e quanto mai audace, irrequieto, spergiuro e macchinante continuamente violenza ed inganni contro i vicini.” COLESCHI

-“Col Tarlati muore un prode e valente uomo di guerra.” CIUCCIOVINO

-“La figura di Pier Saccone.. è disegnata dagli storici in modo controverso. Egli è descritto ora come uomo perfido e venale, ora come onesto e sfortunato. Alcuni lo reputano politico raffinato ed abile, altri sostengono che fu soltanto ambizioso ed assai poco perspicace… Se un giudizio, sia pur sintetico, si deve dare al personaggio, sembra ragionevole ritenere di aver a che fare con un uomo scaltro, dotato di desideri di potenza e di ricchezza, al quale difettò però intelligenza e fascino personale… Dove Pier saccone manifesta le sue doti migliori è nella realizzazione di opere pubbliche ed urbanistiche e nell’assetto legislativo ed amministrativo della città.. In particolare Piero prosegue la realizzazione delle nuove mura, migliorandole (1332). Costruisce il Palazzo dei Priori (1333). Fa lastricare molte vie, fissa criteri per la manutenzione degli spazi pubblici e per la pulizia della città (1327-1334). Vengono eseguite opere di rilievo alla Pieve di santa Maria (1330-1332). Sono regolate le attività economiche, in particolare quelle commerciali.” BIANCONI

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Roberto Damiani
Roberto Damiani
Roberto Damiani è l'autore del sito Condottieri di ventura.