The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici
by Christopher Hibbert
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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At its height of the Renaissance Florence was a center of enormous wealth, power and influenceA republican city-state financed by trade and banking, often bloody political scene was dominated by wealthy mercantile families, the most famous of whom were the MediciThis captivating book charts the family’s enormous influence on the political, economic and cultural life of Florence’s historyFrom the early 1430s with the rise of the dynasty under the, almost legendary Cosme de Medici, he moved through their “golden age” as users of some of the most remarkable artists and architects of the Renaissance, at the time of the Medici, the Popes and Grand Dukes, from Florence to slide into decay and bankruptcy, and the end, in 1737, of the family line Medici
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