The House of Medici



The House of Medici At Its Height, Renaissance Florence Was A Center 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.


About the Author: Christopher Hibbert

Christopher Hibbert, MC, FRSL, FRGS 5 March 1924 21 December 2008 was an English writer, historian and biographer He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the author of many books, including Disraeli, Edward VII, George IV, The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici, and Cavaliers and Roundheads.Described by Professor Sir John Plumb as a writer of the highest ability and in the N Christopher Hibbert, MC, FRSL, FRGS 5 March 1924 21 December 2008 was an English writer, historian and biographer He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the author of many books, including Disraeli, Edward VII, George IV, The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici, and Cavaliers and Roundheads.Described by Professor Sir John Plumb as a writer of the highest ability and in the New Statesman as a pearl of biographers, he established himself as a leading popular historian biographer whose works reflected meticulous scholarship


10 thoughts on “The House of Medici

  1. says:

    This has been a highly enjoyable read Hibbert has written this book with great clarity and withfluency and less dryness than I remembered in his George III A Personal History I have also enjoyed learning a fair amount about a family with whose name one is greatly familiar but about whom one really knows very little That is the problem with fame The glitz precludes us seeing its source.The Medici were formidable, but as so often happens with these powerful clans, the source of excellen This has been a highly enjoyable read Hibbert has written this book with great clarity and withfluency and less dryness than I remembered in his George III A Personal History I have also enjoyed learning a fair amount about a family with whose name one is greatly familiar but about whom one really knows very little That is the problem with fame The glitz precludes us seeing its source...

  2. says:

    Gossipy, broad overview of Italian history Not much political analysis but a lot of description and colorful anecdotes It s a good introduction I ll look atnarrowly focused histories to learn about areas that interested me.

  3. says:

    I m somewhat torn about this book The writing is well done and the subject matter, the Medici, SHOULD be interesting But the author seems to focus on thetrivial details of this family s life and times So much detail goes in to describing what the Medici liked to eat, what they liked to wear, what they did for fun, it sometimes seems like this is the special Medici issue of USWeekly The title of the book would seem indicate the focus of the book is HOW the Medici came to power and HOW t I m somewhat torn about this book The writing is well done and the subject matter, the Medici, SHOULD be interesting But the author seems to focus on thetrivial details of this family s life and times So much detail goes in to describing what the Medici liked to eat, what they liked to wear, what they did for fun, it sometimes seems like this is the special Medici issue of USWeekly The title of the book would seem indicate the focus of the book is HOW the Medici came to power and HOW they eventually lost it, but these subjects are treated almost as secondary A typical passage in the book is a sentence like Cosimo de Medici became ...

  4. says:

    This was an ideal companion to Tim Parks Medici Money Parks is good at explaining the workings of fifteenth century banking, but Hibbert is better at bringing the people to life His approach is traditional the biographies of the powerful, the concerns of those who have the say and little concern for lesser mortals It s lively and readable, takes the story right through to the Grand Dukes of the seventeenth century and is excellent on the shifting of loyalties and European coalitions There This was an ideal companion to Tim Parks Medici Money Parks is good at explaining the workings of fifteenth century banking, but Hibbert is better at bringing the people to life...

  5. says:

    In the interest of full disclosure, I admit that I probably wouldn t have read this book at all if it weren t for a video game I m a big fan of the Assassin s Creed series, and the second game introduced me to the Medici and features both the Pazzi conspiracy and Savonarola s bonfires of vanities as major plot points In some ways, this was actually helpful, at least for part of the book Running over the rooftops of Florence helped me visualize the world of Cosimo and Lorenzo Medici better tha In the interest of full disclosure, I admit that I probably wouldn t have read this book at all if it weren t for a video game I m a big fan of the Assassin s Creed series, and the second game introduced me to the Medici and features both the Pazzi conspiracy and Savonarola s bonfires of vanities a...

  6. says:

    I ve always been intrigued by the Medici family primarily due to their large role as patrons of the arts in the Renaissance Era Also, being such a wealthy and powerful family they played many roles throughout that whole range of history I finally picked up this book, which had been on my shelf for a while, in preparation for my upcoming trip to Italy It was a great book to get a grasp on the chronological history of the entire Medici family 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 Also, being such a wealthy and powerful family they played many roles throughout that whole range of history I finally picked up this book, which had been on my shelf for a while, in preparation for my upcoming trip to Italy It was a great book to get a grasp on the chronological history of the entire Medici family I was pleased...

  7. says:

    A really good introduction to understanding Florence and its long relationship Love hate love hate love with the Medici Dynasty A real fascinating look into their life and how they gave Florence a name for art and culture and philoso...

  8. says:

    This is a pretty great all purpose history of the Medici family as well as of Florence during and immediately following the Italian Renaissance It s a popular history, so it s a quick and easy read free from the pedantic ramblings ofscholarly books It s not, however, a particularly good source for art history a general knowledge of the artistic achievements of the Renaissance might be a good prerequisite There are fine anecdotes told in a quick, lively style I recommend it highly This is a pretty great all purpose history of the Medici family as well as of Florence during and immediately following the Italian Renaissance It s a popular history, so it s a quick and easy read free from the pedantic ramblings ofscholarly books It s not, however, a ...

  9. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The stories of the Medici family are very interesting and of great importance to the European history It gives a good insight in live of the ruling class of the medieval renaissance.The book is very difficult to read with rarely used words, long sentences and many characters to keep track of.The Medici family was from Florence, which development they shaped from appr 1300 1750 Florence started as a republic where the Medici family and their supporters become dominant Later it became a duchy The stories of the Medici family are very interesting and of great importance to the European history It gives a good insight in live of the ruling class of the medieval renaissance.The book is very difficult to read with rarely used words, long sentences and many characters to keep track of.The Medici family was from Florence, which development they shaped from appr 1300 1750 Florence started as a republic where the Medici family and their supporters become dominant Later it became a duchy with the Medicis as Dukes Two of the most in...

  10. says:

    I have spent many years in the finance field and there is one opinion many of us share that family businesses usually fail by the third generation This feeling is one I m sure the founders of the great Medici banking house would agree with, although the family lasted quite a bit longer than 3 generations at least 11 from what I could tell from the family trees included in the book Even so, t...

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