A fresh telling of the rise and fall of the House of Medici, the family that dominated political and cultural life in Florence for three centuries.
Mary Hollingsworth is a scholar of the Italian Renaissance, and author of The Cardinal's Hat, The Borgias: History's Most Notorious Dynasty and Patronage in Renaissance Italy: From 1400 to the Early Sixteenth Century.
'This forensic study of the Renaissance banking dynasty conjures up
a world of art, literature, philosophy - and brutality' *
Telegraph, Book of the Year *
'Likely to become the standard work of reference on the members of the family that dominated Florence' * TLS *
'A lucid and beautifully illustrated family history' * The Times, Book of the Week *
'A beautifully illustrated and scholarly survey of five centuries of the Medici family' * Literary Review *
'A vital acquisition for anyone who studies the Renaissance and seeks the true role of the Medici in the history of Florence' * Kirkus *
'An excellent study of the Medici ... A careful, understated book ... [It] is never short on drama' * Telegraph *
'Drawing on impeccable documentary research [this] is a lively and accessible new account of the House of Medici' * Country Life *
'A well-illustrated history of the rise and fall of the House of Medici' * The Times *
'The Medici family dominated political and cultural life in Florence for three centuries, but the received wisdom, that they were beneficent, enlightened rulers, is challenged by Renaissance scholar Mary Hollingsworth in this engrossing, fully illustrated account' * Choice Magazine *