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 family's huge influence
on the political, economic and cultural history of Florence.
Beginning in the early 1430s 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, Florence's slide into decay and bankruptcy, and the
end, in 1737, of the Medici line.