A friend and I have been wanting to do an Italian Renaissance campaign (probably set in Florence under the Medici), very player-driven with lots of intrigue and backstabbery (think The Prince). PCs would be people with positions of importance, not just random freebooters (though one could be a condottieri captain or something).
What system would you recommend for this kind of game? I've seen the beta version of Principia, and I will probably steal a few things from it, but I'm looking for something a bit different, maybe a little crunchier. I'm curious about Reign because of its Company mechanics... it would be cool to have a way of modeling PCs being part of a noble family with various assets and holdings and so forth. Other systems I've thought about stealing from are Mage: The Sorcerer's Crusade, TSoY, Swashbucklers of the Seven Skies...
I'm not averse doing some light design work/hacking, not to mention research.
This is my first post to Story Games, by the by, so hi, everyone.