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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Pegasus Books, 2016.
Edition: First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781605989662
Branch Call Number: 945.5 MEDICI
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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