The Medici

The Medici Godfathers of the Renaissance

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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 Galileo

Against 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 vivid 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 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' Médicis, who became Queen of France and played a major role in that country through three turbulent reigns.

'A great overview of one family's centuries-long role in changing the face of Europe' Irish Independent

Book information

ISBN: 9780099522973
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Vintage Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 945.51050922
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Sales rank: 2017
Number of pages: 430
Weight: 372g
Height: 197mm
Width: 130mm
Spine width: 29mm