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The House of Medici: Its Rise and Fall (1974)
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0688053394, Paperback)At its height Renaissance Florence was a centre of enormous wealth, power and influence. A republican city-state funded by trade and banking, its often bloody political scene was dominated by rich mercantile families, the most famous of which were the Medici. This enthralling book charts the family’s huge influence on the political, economic and cultural history of Florence. Beginning in the early 1430s with the rise of the dynasty under the near-legendary Cosimo de Medici, it moves through their golden era as patrons of some of the most remarkable artists and architects of the Renaissance, to the era of the Medici Popes and Grand Dukes, Florence’s slide into decay and bankruptcy, and the end, in 1737, of the Medici line.
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An account of the fortunes and influences of the great Florentine banking family, covering over three hundred years of soldiers, art patrons, collectors, builders, popes, statesmen, and scholars. Only a few families have ever possessed the wealth, influence and fascination of the Medici. In this enormously readable biography, Christopher Hibbert tells of the famous Florentine banking family who provided the world with some of its most colorful soldiers, art patrons, collectors, builders, popes, statesmen and scholars ...
An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.
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