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
1605989665
Characteristics: 430 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, genealogical table, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Call Number: 945.51050922 STR

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PegKuehl
Jul 29, 2019

I read this book in preparation for living in Florence for 3 months. It was extremely interesting and well written. Upon my arrival in Florence I felt ready to explore the city with knowledge of what I was seeing. I finished the book while there and the knowledge continued to build. Besides learning about the Medici family, which are interesting in and of themselves, I learned what made the Renaissance the Renaissance. As a result, when I saw works of art, I had an understanding of the contributions of each artist and a bit about their personal lives. I highly recommend this book!!

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rfdasilva
Jun 12, 2019

Excellent read. Highly recommended for history fans of the renaissance and art history.
Almost reads like a novel and covers the history to a good depth. The writing style and complexity was just right; easy to read without being simple, which provided opportunity for the author to be clear yet provided subtle understanding of the characteristics of the various family members, and their friends and foes. The only thing that would make it better is illustrations such as detailed maps of locations; more colour plates of all the paintings, sculpture and architecture mentioned.

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tjdickey
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.

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dedmanshootn
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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