The Medici explores the dramatic rise and fall of the Medici family in Florence, as well as the Italian Renaissance which they did so much to sponsor and encourage. Interwoven into the narrative are the lives of many of the great Renaissance artists, scientists and philosophers with whom the Medici had dealings - including Leonardo, Michelangelo and Galileo. Vivid and accessible, the book ends by describing the gloriously decadent decline of the Medici family as they strove to be recognised as Europen princes. 
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