The House of Medici: Its Rise and Fall

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HarperCollins, May 19, 1999 - History - 384 pages
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It was a dynasty with more wealth, passion, and power than the houses of Windsor, Kennedy, and Rockefeller combined. It shaped all of Europe and controlled politics, scientists, artists, and even popes, for three hundred years. It was the house of Medici, patrons of Botticelli, Michelangelo and Galileo, benefactors who turned Florence into a global power center, and then lost it all.

The House of Medici picks up where Barbara Tuchman's Hibbert delves into the lives of the Medici family, whose legacy of increasing self-indulgence and sexual dalliance eventually led to its self-destruction. With twenty-four pages of black-and-white illustrations, this timeless saga is one of Quill's strongest-selling paperbacks.

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Good book - easy to read. - Goodreads
Very accessible writing and populist in tone. - Goodreads
Interesting, compelling, well-researched... - Goodreads
A very helpful introduction to renaissance Florence. - Goodreads
Well researched and well written. - Goodreads
More of a thesis paper than an easy to read book. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Glenn Robinson - Goodreads

I have to believe that the family is more profound than this book lets on. The book does cover many centuries and covers one family member per chapter, so I do have to give it to the author for ... Read full review

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User Review  - J. Kirsch - Goodreads

This engaging book on the Medici family's political struggles is well-written overall, with some extremely engrossing figures portrayed. The only criticism is that the author sometimes goes off on ... Read full review

About the author (1999)

Christopher Hibbert, an Oxford graduate, has written more than fifty books, including Wellington: A Personal History, London: The Biography of a City, Redcoats and Rebels, and The Destruction of Lord Raglan. He lives with his family in Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, England.

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