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Reader å The Medici 460pages ¸ Join or create book clubs ¸ ➳ [Reading] ➶ The Medici By Join or create book clubs ➩ – Eyltransferservices.co.uk A dazzling piece of Italian history of the infamous family that become one of the most powerful in Europe weaving its history with Renaissance gLla 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 Mdicis who became ueen of France and played a major role in that country through three turbulent reigns A great overview of one familys centuries long role in changing the face of Europe Irish Independen Of course the early Medici are the the ones that history has put centre stage However if writing on the family the later ones while not godfathers of the Renaissance are of interest having arrived at the point of being undisputed hereditary rulers of Florence Poor old Cosimo II hardly get a look in and the pace of this book is at a canter leading to gallop following the Medicis elevation to ducal status That noted the book is superb on the early family members and on the two Popes As others have noted it does make a meal of some characters Galileo for example who are but tangential to a study of the Medici family

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A dazzling piece of Italian history of the infamous family that become one of the most powerful in Europe weaving its history with Renaissance greats from Leonardo da Vinci to GalileoAgainst the background of an age which saw the rebirth of ancient and classical learning The Medici is a remarkably modern story of power money and ambition Strathern paints a vi In my opinion the Medici were one of the most interesting families of history Banking and trading arts and science patronage throughout the Renaissance Vatican politics they did it all This book not only tells this story of the Medici but zooms out enough to give you a sense of the world at the time so that you can better understand how they so profoundly affected it The author has a great writing style too It’s intelligent but also sports a novelist’s flare that pulls you along with its imagery and freuent wit

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The MediciVid narrative of the 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 de This family may be the most responsible for what has become known as the Renaissance Not only were they patrons of the great masters of the time some even lived in their family home Wonderful prose makes this an extremely enjoyable read Very hard to put down Left me wanting to learn about this exciting time in history