The poets, Pulci and Poliziano, the and mystic, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, and a whole galaxy of great artists, such as and , shed glory over his reign. Bribes were made and Cosimo was banished to Padua for the next 10 years. He shifted Tuscany away from Habsburg by marrying the first non-Habsburg candidate since Alessandro, , a granddaughter of Catherine de' Medici. The Ruspanti, Gian Gastone's decrepit entourage, loathed the Electress, and she them. The grand duchy witnessed degrees of economic growth under the earlier grand dukes, but by the time of , Tuscany was fiscally bankrupt.
However, it wasn't until the 15th century that the Medici began turning their wealth into political capital, making themselves the unofficial, yet undisputed, rulers of Florence. From this base, they acquired political power initially in Florence and later in wider Italy and Europe. It takes a special kind of talent to make a tale about politics and murder and scandal so incredibly boring so. The Medici family was influential in art, politics, and especially economics. From then on, however, a general decay set in. With this rise to such heights, Giovanni or His Excellency refilled his family coffers through the sale of indulgences - or in simpler terms, the freedom from punishment of sins.
On the contrary, his infamy lies in being the first Medici to hold political office by being named the Grand Duke of Tuscany in the late 1560s. The Medici Bank was one of the most prosperous and most respected institutions in Europe. They blatant adventures outside the religious spectrum failed to either surprise people or cause any rebellion it seems. I have had an interest in the Medici's and how they became such a prominent family in Italy. I recommend it highly as tangential reading for anyone looking at other aspects of this period more closely, be they artistic, financial, political, etc. The Medici Bank was one of the most prosperous and most respected institutions in Europe. But he went out of his way to ensure Botticelli was well supplied with orders from other Florentine patrons.
I was pleased to see this non-fiction book was not a difficult, dry, or heavy read. Again, like I said maybe we had very high expectations. Alum is essential as a in the dyeing of certain cloths and was used extensively in Florence, where the main industry was textile manufacturing. See more ideas about 16th century, Renaissance and Italian renaissance. The city has 7 major and 14 minor guilds.
His own poems in the vernacular rank very high in the literature of the fifteenth century. He commissioned Brunelleschi to finish the dome of the Florence Cathedral, and then 'suggested' the Pope personally travel to Florence to consecrate the cathedral upon its completion in the mid-1430s. The Medici's were likely the wealthiest family in Europe for a period of time. Upon Vittoria's death in 1694, her possessions, the Duchies of Rovere and , passed to her younger son. The book has a habit of speaking about the whole life of one person and then immediately shifting to another person, so listening to the audiobook got a little difficult to follow at times, but since I listened after my trip to Florence, many of the names and places were so familiar in my mind. A few years later he married his mistress, Cammilla Martelli.
Beginning with an overview of Medieval Florece, Christopher Hibbert takes us back to a sumptuous world of arts, merchants and an advanced democratic civilization. The Medici's were likely the wealthiest family in Europe for a period of time. An astute man who, without officially holding any political power, governed the politics of that prosperous Florence. He ruled for five years. Unlike many of the of his epoch, he thoroughly appreciated the great Italian classics of the two preceding centuries; in his youth he wrote a famous epistle on the subject to Federigo of , which accompanied a collection of early Italian lyrics.
At that time, the economy was so decrepit that became prevalent in rural market places. The result is a series of very brief biographies of very powerful people. Unaware of what had fundamentally changed, he Medici family entered the 16th century with the inertia of its splendour. The Beau Sancy sits atop the coronation crown Passed down through the Royal Families of France, England, Prussia and the House of Orange, the 34. Instead, he ruled as almost a dictator, using his title to create a large government bureaucracy. Otherwise, certainly the gold standard of histories on the Medici.
To ensure that a Medici of the Cosimo line would continue to rule Florence, Pope , nephew of Lorenzo the Magnificent, installed Alessandro 1511—37 , reputedly his own son, as hereditary duke of Florence. The book is very difficult to read with rarely used words, long sentences and many characters to keep track of. Although these moves did widen the Medici influence, it also lessened the family's personal bank account in Florence. This book not only gives an entitled view of The Medici Family and how their family ruined their many affairs,but as well as a notable man who takes you threw this marvelous adventure of European aristocrats. Half-way through I did purchase the audiobook, which is really great. His two sons were 1416—69 and Giovanni 1424—63. In 1626, they banned any Tuscan subject from being educated outside the Grand Duchy, a law later overturned but resurrected by Maria Maddalena's grandson,.
Leo did lavish money on improving Rome, though he didn't get along well with the abrasive Michelangelo, preferring the polite Raffaello Sanzio instead. So he drives to work in his beat-up volkswagen aka. Grand Duke Ferdinado was obsessed with new technology, and had a variety of hygrometers, barometers, thermometers, and telescopes installed in the. Three lines of Medici successively approached or acquired positions of power. But there is still quite some drama. Though Italians, they also changed the culture of France, when Caterina de Medici became the Queen of France and brought Italian epicurean standards to the still-Gothic French. I was pleased to see this non-fiction book was not I've always been intrigued by the Medici family primarily due to their large role as patrons of the arts in the Renaissance Era.