The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici MOBI Þ The
An excellent companion to a visit to Florence, the book brings the city s history alive and the city brings the book alive. I bought it as a present for my mum, she thought it was good. A little superficial in places, this book, essentially, gives a synopsis of individual members of one of the most powerful and influential families in Europe, from Giovanni di Bicci de Medici, born in 1360, across some 400 years and several generations of Bankers, Popes, Dukes, Queens of France etc until their eventual dissipation and extinction. A good read Informative Great Book Very interesting and enjoyable also informative Excellent author and an outstanding company helping to give homes to books Great to have around the house. 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 familys huge influence on the political, economic and cultural history of Florence Beginning in the early s 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, Florences slide into decay and bankruptcy, and the end, in , of the Medici line Una lectura no muy resumida, llena de interesantes detalles, no s lo de la familia Medici sino tambi n de la poca, por ejemplo incorpora peque as descripciones y biograf as de artistas y sus obras que estuvieron al servicio de los Medici, tambi n peque as biograf as de otras familias Una lectura muy basta, yo recomendar a como un libro de profundizaci n en el tema y ya tener un previo conocimiento del renacimiento italiano, de algunos acontecimiento de esos a os y un poco de conocimiento del tema de la familia Medici Idioma Ingl s I started this book a couple of years ago I had to put it down because it was a bit of a slog But I picked it up again in the lead up to a trip to Florence It is fascinating It was particularly good to finish it in Florence as I was seeing art works featured in the book and also the subjects of artworks described in the book I feel like I should probably now re read the beginning to be reminded of Cosimo the elder and Lorenzo the Great.