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Medici Money: Banking, Metaphysics, and Art in Fifteenth-Century Florence (Enterprise)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2006

    Fascinating Medieval Financial Machinations

    If your knowledge of the Medici family begins and ends with their patronage of Renaissance artists, sharp-penned writer Tim Parks has some revelations to share. True, the Medicis used the wealth they amassed from their bank to turn Florence, Italy, into the Mecca of fifteenth-century culture. Yet, the Medici clan also perfected the arts of vanquishing foes and allying with the rich and powerful to gain a stranglehold on political power - all in bold-faced defiance of Catholic Church doctrine. The Vatican held that paying or collecting so much as a penny of interest was a mortal sin. Parks¿ book shows you what the Medici made of that, and his arch, witty style is a joy to read. Perhaps the only caution is that this history is more a study of the spiritual and social history of Florence than a guide to the Medicis¿ business successes and failures. We recommend this history to anyone interested in the intersection of money, politics and religion.

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