The Medici

The Medici

Power, Money, and Ambition in the Italian Renaissance

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A vivid, dramatic and authoritative account of the most influential family in Italian history: The Medici.
Against the background of an age that saw the rebirth of ancient and classical learning, Strathern explores the intensely dramatic rise and fall of the Medici family in Florence, as well as the Italian Renaissance which they did so much to sponsor and encourage. He follows the lives of many of the great Renaissance artists and scientists with whom the Medici had dealings, and traces the fortunes of those members of the Medici family who achieved success away from Florence, including the two Medici popes and Catherine dé Medici.
Publisher: New York, NY : Pegasus Books, 2016
Edition: First Pegasus Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781605989662
Characteristics: 430 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, genealogical table, maps, portraits ; 24 cm


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Mar 01, 2018

Strathern presents an extremely readable tale of the rise and fall of the lasting Renaissance dynasty. The Medici stepped from their initial foundations as a local house of bankers to international prominence, financing popes and emperors, and eventually becomes popes and royal figures themselves. The story here sweeps along with the many pillars of early modern European civilization: Botticelli, Leonardo, and Michelangelo; Brunelleschi and Benvenuto Cellini; Pico della Mirandola and Machiavelli; Savonarola and Martin Luther; even the later Medici patronage of Galileo gets a chapter. Over the course of history we see a succession of Medici acting in Strathern's words, as "godfathers" of society, of the Florentine people, and even of the Renaissance itself.

May 10, 2016

well researched and very well written. as easy and fun to read as a good novel and very informative as well


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