The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance

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The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance is a vivid and dramatic account of one of the most influential families in Italian history

A dazzling history of the modest family which rose to become one of the most powerful in Europe, The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance is a remarkably modern story of power, money and ambition.

Against the background of an age which saw the rebirth of ancient and classical learning - of humanism which penetrated and explored the arts and sciences and the 'dark' knowledge of alchemy, astrology, and numerology - 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. Interwoven into the narrative are 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, both of whom clashed with the religious authorities.

In The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance, an enthralling study, Paul Strathern also follows 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. Vivid and accessible, the book ends with the gloriously decadent decline of the Medici family in Florence as they strove to be recognised as European Princes.

Product Information

Product Code 1026561
ISBN 9780099522973
author Paul Strathern
format Paperback
pages 448
published Oct 2007
publisher Vintage Books
Dimensions 13 X 18.8 X 3.2 cm

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