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A vivid, dramatic, and authoritative account of perhaps the most influential family in Italian history: the Medici.

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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. Interwoven into the narrative are 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.

In his enthralling study, Strathern also follows the fortunes of those members of the Medici family who achieved success away from Florence, including the two Medici popes and Catherine de' Medici, who became queen of France and played a major role in that country through three turbulent reigns.

"Derek Perkins narrates with skill and confidence." ---Library Journal

"A fantastically comprehensive history covering the breadth of the great learning, art, politics, and religion of the period." ---Kirkus Starred Review

"Strathern succeeds in tracing the history of this intriguing clan from its unexceptional beginnings to an ignoble end in a compelling and readable style." ---Library Journal
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The Medici

Power, Money, and Ambition in the Italian Renaissance

Author Paul Strathern

Narrated by Derek Perkins

Publication date Mar 15, 2016

Running time 16 hrs 23 min

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