Giovanni's son , Pater Patriae, took over in 1434 as , and the Medici became unofficial heads of state of the Florentine republic. 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. My desire is that by my life or my death, my misfortune or my prosperity, I may contribute to the welfare of our city. I've always been intrigued by the Medici family primarily due to their large role as patrons of the arts in the Renaissance Era. She was a family member of the famous House of Medici. He shifted Tuscany away from Habsburg by marrying the first non-Habsburg candidate since Alessandro, , a granddaughter of Catherine de' Medici. I think that this would be a slightly more satisfying experience if it hadn't been a complete overview of the Medici family.
What followed was a series of mostly self-centered or unremarkable Mediceans. With his rule undisputed, Cosimo further cemented his popularity by throwing his money to the arts. The Medici Bank was one of the most prosperous and most respected institutions in Europe. Long story short, this contributed to his eventual downfall and he was burned at the stake for heresy. I do feel that I need to read a bit more into this family. The dynasty began with the founding of the Medici Bank. However, the most interesting part of the account is the rise of the Dominican Monk Savaronola and Florence's descent into a deranged theocracy.
He obtained the virtual lordship of Florence in 1434 by the overthrow and expulsion of the leaders of the oligarchical faction of the Albizzi. This could have gotten very dry, very easily. Maybe you had to visit the Chinese, inventors of the toothbrush, to find that. But there is still quite some drama. The Papacy was the best of customers: they always came back for more funds and they opened doors to other businesses. There are fine anecdotes told in a quick, lively style. I have had an interest in the Medici's and how they became such a prominent family in Italy.
The Medici were such an amazing clan, a group that did much to influence history. An astute man who, without officially holding any political power, governed the politics of that prosperous Florence. There are a lot of extra details provided about different people that most authors wouldn't usually explo A great history of the Medici family that provides a lot of information, but isn't as dry as your usual history book. On the of Alessandro, he came into Florence, and was formally recognized as head of the government both by the citizens and by the emperor. It never fails to amaze me how many amazing artists lived in the same period of time. Instead they used, first and foremost, their wealth to gain power. He thereby acquired a long lasting and weighty customer.
Florence had no allies to speak of after the friendly Milan Duke Sfroza was murdered, and the French king only wrote a letter of sympathy. Translated and edited by Rober M. Acquiring the Shepherd's Journal At some point near the end of the 16th century, the de'Medici Family would acquire the from. They also ransacked the streets. It does seem to loose steam when he discusses the Grand Dukes after Cosimo I. .
Cosimo de' Medici Usually known as Cosimo I, b. The logo had to change. Although ruthless and implacable, he proved himself the ablest Italian ruler of the sixteenth century, and gave a permanent form to the government of Florence, finally developing the shapeless remains of the fallen republic into a modern monarchical state. However, there are lesser known men, an entire family, in fact, who also played a crucial role in this time period. Well aware that Florence can not survive the campaign, he left the city to the Signoria and presented himself to the Naples court. From this base, they acquired political power initially in Florence and later in wider Italy and Europe. Despite the new stability, the city dwindled as a centre of art, science, and scholarship.
By 1722, the Electress was not even acknowledged as heiress, and Cosimo was reduced to spectator at the conferences for Tuscany's future. I was torn between wanting more detail and less detail; overall I f As someone who read this knowing next to nothing of the Medici, and with no way of assessing the historical accuracy of this work, I find myself conflicted over what to think, as some qualities of the book work both for and against its favour. Leo did lavish money on improving Rome, though he didn't get along well with the abrasive Michelangelo, preferring the polite Raffaello Sanzio instead. The Medici produced three of the — 1513—1521 , 1523—1534 , and 1605 ; two queens of France— 1547—1559 and 1600—1610. However, Cosimo did show his true Medici colors by marrying a Spanish princess of his own. Father of , Queen consort of France.
I enjoyed this book, but I'm not sure why Hibbert chose certain people to write about versus others, and the timeline was a little jumpy at times, especially when the book was describing siblings lives. Ferdinando's pro-Papal foreign policy, however, had drawbacks. However, these portions of his proclamation were completely ignored and he died a few days later. This new office uffizi later became the wonderful museum, but that is all thanks to the last Medici: Anna Maria. This move made him extremely well liked by the people of Florence and added popular support to his growing political cache. Through banking and commerce, the Medicis rose to become one of the most important houses in Florence. 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.