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Reader ç The Brilliant Life and Violent Times of Lorenzo de' Medici º Join or create book clubs Magnifico is a vividly colorful portrait of Lorenzo de' Medici the uncrowned ruler of Florence during its golden age A true Renaissance man Lorenzo dazzled contemporaries with his prodigious talents and magnetic personality Known to history as Il Magnifico the Magnificent Lorenzo was not only the foremost patron of his day but also a renowned poet eually adept at composing philosophical verses and obscene rhymes to be sung at Carnival He befriended the greatest artists and writers of the time Leonardo Botticelli Poliziano and especially Michelangelo whom he discovered as a young boy and invited to live at his palace turning Florence into the cultural capital of Europe He was the leading statesman o I finished this book with regret wishing Lorenzo hadn't died so young and that I could hear about his role as patron of the Florence Renaissance Yes great names pop up as players in his life Botticello DaVinci Michelangelo but this book emphasizes the political world Lorenzo inhabited and for me this was essential information We tend to know the Renalssance by its geniuses and masterpieces rather than by the intense and dangerous politics of the small Italian republics and states Here we see a very real Lorenzo dashing brilliant artistic and politically shrewd; though from a fabulously wealthy banking family he was a prince in Machiavelli's sense

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Download Mobi ñ Magnifico The Brilliant Life and Violent Times of Lorenzo de' Medici ☆ The Brilliant Life and Violent Times of Lorenzo de' Medici ¹ Join or create book clubs È [KINDLE] Al acts of violence to navigate the murderous labyrinth of Italian politics Against all odds he managed not only to survive but to preside over one of the great moments in the history of civilization Florence in the age of Lorenzo was a city of contrasts of unparalleled artistic brilliance and unimaginable sualor in the city's crowded tenements; of both pagan excess and the fire and brimstone sermons of the Dominican preacher Savonarola Florence gave birpth to both the otherworldly perfection of Botticelli's Primavera and the gritty realism of Machiavelli's The Prince Nowhere was this world of contrastsperfectly embodied than in the life and character of the man who ruled this most fascinating city Book was poorly written which made my enjoyment to read it abysmal

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Magnifico The Brilliant Life and Violent Times of Lorenzo de' MediciF the age the fulcrum of Italy but also a cunning and ruthless political operative Miles Unger's biography of this complex figure draws on primary research in Italian sources and on his intimate knowledge of Florence where he lived for several years Lorenzo's grandfather Cosimo had converted the vast wealth of the family bank into political power but from his earliest days Lorenzo's position was precarious Bitter rivalries among the leading Florentine families and competition among the suabbling Italian states meant that Lorenzo's life was under constant threat Those who plotted his death included a pope a king and a duke but Lorenzo used his legendary charm and diplomatic skill as well as occasion Sometimes it seems to me that it would take a committee to produce an adeuate biography of Lorenzo de' Medici He was a many sided jewel of a man flashing his facets in so many directions that no single author could be the master of all of them He was a sportsman diplomat political boss essayist poet musician and connoisseur of all the arts On the personal level he was a dutiful husband and loving father of a large family; he also had a reputation as man with a voracious appetite for extra marital sex Some 2000 of his letters survive along with than 20000 addressed to him by people from all over Europe ambassadors popes princes dukes kings and their consorts as well as friends and ordinary people from all walks of life The sheer volume of material by and about Lorenzo is overwhelmingAlthough Unger doesn't devote a lot of space to Lorenzo's personal life he suggestsspeculates that several of Il Magnifico's lovers were male which could be true but this is impossible to prove or disprove and the author doesn't really make a case for his claim One of the possible male lovers he mentions is the poet Luigi Pulci who was many years older than Lorenzo which in the sexual etiuette of that era would have made him the dominant partner But given that he was a Medici client and Lorenzo's social inferior it seems unlikely he could have played that role with Lorenzo As for Lorenzo's friend Braccio Martelli he seems to have been vigorously heterosexual and nothing Unger notes by or about him suggests a sexual interest in men but who knows? Poet scholar Angelo Poliziano is a definite maybe he never married; there is some evidence he preferred men to women and he was deeply almost slavishly devoted to LorenzoDoing justice to such a complex and many sided life in a single volume intended for the general reader would be a tall order for any writer and I suspect that scholars of Renaissance history in general and the Medici in particular will look down their noses at this effort although they'll no doubt envy Unger his lively writing style A large majority of his sources are in English thus ignoring much of the voluminous biography available in Italian Further the author makes very little use of archival materials only two such sources are cited both available on lineWorst of all for this reader at least the book has no footnotes Although there are some notes annoyingly appended to the bottom of some pages and other notes hidden at the back but not indicated in the text many sources for the facts if they are indeed facts presented are undocumented and may leave even the general reader wondering where the information came from For example on pages 216 217 the author mentions the birth dates of Lorenzo's children Several of those dates differ from the dates given by other writers so it would be interesting to know the source of Unger's information on this topicThe decision not to use real footnotes the kind that appear as superscript numbers in the text was the publisher's rather than the author's decision according to the Comment added by the author to this post and I think it was an unfortunate choice Commercial publishers apparently feel that general readers will be so put off by footnote numbers in the text that they won't read the book; hence the use of notes that are NOT indicated in the text so that when readers want to know the source for a statement they have to flip to the back and see whether or not this particular item has a source givenBut despite these criticisms which may not matter to most readers this is a very well written and absorbing narrative The books is full of penetrating insights into Lorenzo's personality and character Unger is especially good at telling the various dramatic stories that punctuate Lorenzo's life He emphasizes the political side of Lorenzo however perhaps to the detriment of the many other aspects of his life I would have liked to have read about Lorenzo's poetry and other literary works; seen attention to his patronage of music and musicians and perhaps read about his complicated love life commented on by many of his contemporaries But this would have made an already lengthy book too long for a single volumeIt's perhaps unfair to judge this work by the standards of scholarly biography since it's not intended for an academic audience As it stands this is by far the best biography of Lorenzo de' Medici available today