The Medici : Power, Money, and Ambition in the Italian Renaissance

The Medici : Power, Money, and Ambition in the Italian Renaissance

eBook - 2016
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A dazzling history of the modest family that rose to become one of the most powerful in Europe, The Medici is a remarkably modern story of power, money, and ambition. Against the background of an age that saw the rebirth of ancient and classical learning Paul 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.Strathern also follows the lives of many of the great Renaissance artists with whom the Medici had dealings, including Leonardo, Michelangelo and Donatello; as well as scientists like Galileo and Pico della Mirandola; and the fortunes of those members of the Medici family who achieved success away from Florence, including the two Medici popes and Catherine de' M#65533;dicis, who became Queen of France and played a major role in that country through three turbulent reigns.
Publisher: Pegasus Books,, 2016
ISBN: 9781681771137
Call Number: EBOOK AXIS 360
Characteristics: text file,rda
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360


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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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