The streets were narrow, with high over-hanging houses, so that only strips of bright blue sky could be seen from the rough pavement. Even then, Florence was known as a City of towers, the nobles' houses being built more like fortresses than palaces. This was not surprising in a warlike age when all disputes, whether between private persons, towns, or nations, were wont to be settled by fighting. The great scholar statesman, Machiavelli, writes of them, In Florence at first the nobles were divided against each other, then the people against the nobles, and, lastly, the people against the populace and it oft-times happened that when one of the parties got the upper hand, it split into two.
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