Florence: The Golden Age 1138-1737 / Edition 1

Florence: The Golden Age 1138-1737 / Edition 1

by Gene Brucker, Gene A. Brucker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520215222

ISBN-13: 9780520215221

Pub. Date: 03/10/1998

Publisher: University of California Press


Over the centuries many thousands of visitors have journeyed to Florence to admire the city's great beauty and to marvel at its unique history. In this century Gene Brucker has been one of the city's most knowledgeable admirers. With the historian's ability to uncover the past, he skillfully relates the story of Florence's Golden Age and the conjoined forces that

Overview


Over the centuries many thousands of visitors have journeyed to Florence to admire the city's great beauty and to marvel at its unique history. In this century Gene Brucker has been one of the city's most knowledgeable admirers. With the historian's ability to uncover the past, he skillfully relates the story of Florence's Golden Age and the conjoined forces that transformed the city on the Arno into one of the most glorious civilizations the world has known. Brucker's story of the premier city of the Italian Renaissance tells of great families and common people, wars and economic dislocations, natural catastrophes and religious turmoil, and extraordinary artistic and literary achievement.

The creative growth of the city of Dante, Giotto, Brunelleschi, and Michelangelo was made possible through Florence's role as an economic center, the zeal of its small manufacturing industries, and the enterprise of the merchants who spread Florentine influence well beyond the city's walls and territories. The pages of Florence are enlivened with the voices of historical protagonists, and their words richly convey the tenor of the times. Brucker's accessible writing is complimented by a wealth of paintings and drawings, 200 of them in full color. Also included are a chronology of important historical events, a listing of noted Florentine families, and a genealogy of the famed Medici family. Historians and students will find much of value here; so too will anyone who is in love with—or who plans to fall in love with—the shining city of Florence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520215221
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/10/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

The Uniqueness of Florence's Historical Experience7
Florence seen from abroad10
The Florentine "ingegno"19
The city straddling the Arno24
The Great Families27
The origins27
"A lust of ... dominion"29
The old aristocracy and the popolo34
"One hundred and fifty towers belonging to private citizens..."38
The consolidation of aristocratic power44
The life style of the aristocracy48
The aristocracy under the principato55
The Florentine palazzo60
The Economy65
Florin and lira, gold and silver70
The great companies74
Florentine trade and financial activity abroad82
Profile of the Florentine merchant84
Florence 1338: some rough statistics88
The Medici bank92
From crisis to stasis96
Florence's wool industry104
A School for Self-Government109
The maturing commune111
Guelfs, Ghibellines and the rise of the popolo113
The guilds: corporation politics114
Three witnesses124
The time of troubles131
The Renaissance republic136
The Medici regime139
Niccolo Machiavelli144
Excise, valuations, loans, land surveys154
The Formation of the Florentine Dominion157
Montaperti163
"Two bales of pink cloth..."164
Territorial consolidation170
The granducato184
A Civic Culture191
The monastery of San Marco192
The cult of antiquity201
"What a delightful thing is this perspective!"206
The Laurentian era213
Andrea del Verrocchio: a master and his workshop216
Crisis221
Florentine furniture226
Florence Under the Principato229
Games and festivities232
Chronology, Illustrious Families, the Medici Family Tree, Glossary, Index241
Chronology243
Illustrious Florentine families260
The Medici family tree264
A short glossary of Florentine place names266
Bibliography271
Index272
Picture sources278

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