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Ezio's connection to Hannibal Lecter

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Ezio has something in common with Hannibal Lecter: each killed a member of the Pazzi family in Florence.

The first half of the novel Hannibal by Thomas Harris is set in Florence. Hannibal's nemesis there is Rinaldo Pazzi, a descendant of Francesco de' Pazzi. From chapter 17 of the book:

Chief Investigator Rinaldo Pazzi of the Questura, raincoat black against the marble statues fixed in acts of rape and murder, came out of the shadows of the Loggia and crossed the piazza, his pale face turning like a sunflower to the palace light. He stood on the spot where the reformer Savonarola was burned and looked up at the windows where his own forbear came to grief.

There, from that high window, Francesco de' Pazzi was thrown naked with a noose around his neck, to die writhing and spinning against the rough wall. The archbishop in all his holy vestments hanged beside Pazzi provided no spiritual comfort; eyes bulging, wild as he choked, the archbishop locked his teeth in Pazzi's flesh.

The Pazzi family were all brought low on that Sunday, 26 April, 1478, for killing Giuliano de' Medici and trying to kill Lorenzo the Magnificent in the cathedral at Mass.

So Assassin's Creed II places Ezio in the role of Pazzi family executioner. Some of the names and events above should be familiar by now. As for Rinaldo Pazzi's fate - read Hannibal or watch the movie. It's more gruesome than anything Ezio dishes out. Evil

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Hmm, interesting.

Good find Stabguy, good find indeed.

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thats really cool

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Indeed very interesting

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Very cool find! I might just start The Silence of the Lambs soon..

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If you're planning to read the book, I recommend starting with Red Dragon. It's the first book in the Hannibal Lecter series and also the best one. It has been brought to the big screen twice, first as Manhunter (1986) and later as Red Dragon (2002). However, the best screenplay adaptation remains The Silence of the Lambs (1991), the second title in the series.

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Also, both of them move like an old person.

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So I'll start with Red Dragon, I'll check it out at my book store. Thanks Stab, those could be great reads for me.

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I don't know if I've mentioned it here or not... but is there anything weirder than Anthony Hopkins advocating a vegetarian lifestyle?

There's a radio ad from the Cancer Society where he advocates vegetarianism... I swear, whenever I hear it, I think Hannibal Lecter just wants the human equivalent of corn fed beef... FLAE's eye roll

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