The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance (UK Edition)

October 30, 2020
The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance (UK Edition)

A dazzling piece of Italian history of the infamousfamily that become one of the most powerful in Europe, weaving itshistory with Renaissance greats from Leonardo da Vinci toGalileoAgainst the background of an age which saw the rebirth ofancient and classical learning, The Medici is a remarkably modernstory of power, money and ambition. Strathern paints a vividnarrative of the dramatic rise and fall of the Medici family inFlorence, as well as the Italian Renaissance which they did so muchto sponsor and encourage.Strathern also follows the lives of many of the greatRenaissance artists with whom the Medici had dealings, includingLeonardo, Michelangelo and Donatello; as well as scientists likeGalileo and Pico della Mirandola; and the fortunes of those membersof the Medici family who achieved success away from Florence,including the two Medici popes and Catherine de' Médicis, whobecame Queen of France and played a major role in that countrythrough three turbulent reigns.'A great overview of one family's centuries-long role inchanging the face of Europe' IrishIndependent