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Author Hollingsworth, Mary, author.

Title The Family Medici : the hidden history of the Medici dynasty / Mary Hollingsworth.

Edition First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
Publication Info. New York : Pegasus Books Ltd, 2018.
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Description 480 pages : color illustrations, photographs, maps, genealogical tables ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 452-465) and index.
Summary Having founded the bank that became the most powerful in Europe in the fifteenth century, the Medici gained massive political power in Florence, raising the city to a peak of cultural achievement and becoming its hereditary dukes. Among their number were no fewer than three popes and a powerful and influential queen of France. Their influence brought about an explosion of Florentine art and architecture - Michelangelo, Donatello, Fra Angelico, and Leonardo were among the artists patronized by the Medici. Thus runs the "accepted view" of the House of Medici. However, Mary Hollingsworth argues that the idea that the Medici were enlightened rulers of the Renaissance is a fiction that has now acquired the status of historical fact. In truth, the Medici were as devious and immoral as the Borgias - tyrants loathed in the city they illegally made their own. In this dynamic new history, Hollingsworth argues that past narratives have focused on a sanitized view of the Medici - wise rulers, enlightened patrons of the arts, and fathers of the Renaissance - but that "in fact" their past was reinvented in the sixteenth century, mythologized by later generations of Medici who used this as propaganda for their legacy.
Subject Medici, House of.
Renaissance -- Italy.
Florence (Italy) -- History -- 1421-1737 -- Biography.
Florence (Italy) -- Politics and government -- 1421-1737.
Genre Biographies.
Added Author Pegasus Books Ltd., publisher.
ISBN 9781681776484
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