The Medici: Power, Money, and Ambition in the Italian Renaissance by Paul Strathern
A vivid, dramatic, and authoritative account of perhaps the most influential family in Italian history: the Medici.A dazzling history of the modest family that rose to become one of the most powerful in Europe, The Medici is a remarkably modern story of power, money, and ambition. Against the background of an age that saw the rebirth of ancient and classical learning 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.
Strathern also follows 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; and 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.
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About the Author
Paul Strathern is a Somerset Maugham Award–winning novelist, and his nonfiction works include The Venetians, Death in Florence, and The Medici, all available from Pegasus Books. He lives in England.
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The Medici: Power, Money, and Ambition in the Italian Renaissance based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
If the author had stuck to the subject matter, we would have had a better understanding of this family. He did not get into the Medici after the first official Duke, instead spent way too much time on unrelated luminaries of the time. He wrote of just a handful of the family, not even touching on some of the more colorful Dukes. My advice, don't waste your time.
This is a shallow overview of the rise of the Medici family and the role they played in supporting the Renaissance, written at the 8th - 10th grade level. If you are looking for a general overview this book may be of interest but if you are looking for depth this is not the book. Also, the publishers did not change the text from British to American English so you are constantly annoyed by the use of whilst and amongst, and especially annoying was the use of the term exchequer rather than the American treasury. This may be quaint but it is grating to the American ear.