The House Of Medici: Its Rise and Fall

The House Of Medici: Its Rise and Fall

by Christopher Hibbert
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The House Of Medici: Its Rise and Fall by Christopher Hibbert

It was a dynasty with more wealth, passion, and power than the houses of Windsor, Kennedy, and Rockefeller combined. It shaped all of Europe and controlled politics, scientists, artists, and even popes, for three hundred years. It was the house of Medici, patrons of Botticelli, Michelangelo and Galileo, benefactors who turned Florence into a global power center, and then lost it all.

The House of Medici picks up where Barbara Tuchman's Hibbert delves into the lives of the Medici family, whose legacy of increasing self-indulgence and sexual dalliance eventually led to its self-destruction. With twenty-four pages of black-and-white illustrations, this timeless saga is one of Quill's strongest-selling paperbacks.

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ISBN-13: 9780062228192
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/17/2012
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 97,411
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Christopher Hibbert, an Oxford graduate, has written more than fifty books, including Wellington: A Personal History, London: The Biography of a City, Redcoats and Rebels, and The Destruction of Lord Raglan. He lives with his family in Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, England.

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House of Medici: Its Rise and Fall 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Kiko1021 More than 1 year ago
This was the first history book I read. I was kind of doubtful if I was gonna like it. But, it is very easy to read; it introduces the reader to one of the most prominent European families during the Middle Ages and Renaissance times. The author really makes this subject gripping and the book reads like a modern day novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic. I'm still in the process of reading it but everything up to now is amazing. Hibbert provides a looking glass not only into the history of the Medici but an accurate glance at Florentine life in Medieval and Renaissance Italy. Since it reads like a textbook, its difficult to read for long periods of time, but for any fan of history, not to mention being a worthy book to site in a research paper or dissertation, I highly recommend it.
LoveHistoryVA More than 1 year ago
In preparation for a trip to Florence, I ordered up this book. The book gives a very good overview of the growth of Florence as an international financial center and the personalities of the various scions of the Medici family. The major bonus for anyone travelling to Florence, however, are the extensive end notes that pinpoint scores of sites in Florence, how they relate to history and who built, endowed, and decorated them. Christopher Hibbert is a masterful writer and a respected historian. This book is a must read before you travel to Florence whether you are interested in its art, its history or its personality.
Go4Jugular More than 1 year ago
A very good history of the rise, tenure, and fall of northern Italy's Medici family. Appropriate emphasis primarily on the earlier representatives of the family, with less, but still adequately detailed, focus on the less interesting, less accomplished latter family members. I would have loved to see some photos/pictures of paintings/busts, but as preparation for a trip to Florence, this book gave me an excellent overview of the personalities and politics of the times (1400s and 1500s).
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good history
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Just visited Florence and was excited to read about the Medici. I have tried 5 times to start the book but i got to page 38 and said "What is the author doing?". The chronology jumps around and he endlessly introduces characters without explanatiom to the point im out. I cant keep up. Im not a learned man but there has has to be another book that i can read without going who? What? Where? Who? Who? Piazza what?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was excited to read this book. How disapponted to say that I didn't.....couldn't get beyond 100 pages.