By Danny Chaplin
This epic new narrative heritage of the Medici, which covers the an important interval from 1360 to 1537, charts the family’s meteoric upward push from the common-or-garden, unassuming beginnings of Giovanni di Bicci, to the 'Pater Patriae', Cosimo de’ Medici, and his conflict with Rinaldo degli Albizzi. It progresses to Cosimo's son Piero ‘the Gouty’, his grandson Lorenzo ‘il Magnifico’ and the golden age of Laurentian Renaissance Florence, touching upon the treachery of the Pazzi Conspiracy, the family’s expulsion and exile from Florence lower than Piero ‘the unlucky’ and the Medici’s next recovery to energy less than the 2 impressive yet deeply improper Medici popes: Leo X and Clement VII. finally this grand narrative culminates within the brutal assassination of Duke Alessandro de’ Medici and the ascendancy of Cosimo I, Grand Duke of Tuscany, who may identify overall Medici hegemony over Florence for the resultant 168 years.
Examining the family’s upward push and the explicit thoughts and mechanisms during which they received and maintained absolute political energy, their saga is additionally positioned in the wider context of the historical past of alternative key Renaissance Italian city-states and features a sweeping evaluation of the disastrous Italian Wars of 1494-1559. the various such a lot illustrious personalities of the Italian Renaissance also are tested from an intimate standpoint together with, among others, Francesco Sforza and his descendants, Girolamo Savonarola, Cesare Borgia, Niccolò Machiavelli, Francesco Guicciardini, Baldassare Castiglione, Pietro Aretino, Francis I and the Emperor Charles V. Such infamous Renaissance popes as Sixtus IV, Pius II, Paul II, Alexander VI, Julius II and Paul III additionally play a renowned function during this gripping narrative. Danny Chaplin provides a wealthy and mesmerizing competition of the entire secular, ecclesiastical, creative and humanist personages linked to the lives of this so much outstanding Italian family.
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The Medici: Rise of a Parvenu Dynasty, 1360-1537 by Danny Chaplin