The House of Medici: its rise and fall

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Morrow, 1974 - History - 364 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
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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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I read this book before leaving on my trip to Italy. I enjoyed learning more about the Medici family before arriving to Florence. The Italian renaissance and Florence can only be understood by knowing ... Read full review



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Historian Christopher Hibbert was born as Arthur Raymond Hibbert in Enderby, England in 1924. He dropped out of Oriel College to join the Army. He served with the London Irish Rifles and won the Military Cross. He earned a degree in history in 1948. Before becoming a full-time nonfiction writer, he worked as a real estate agent and a television critic for Truth magazine. He wrote more than 60 books throughout his lifetime including The Road to Tyburn (1957), Il Duce: The Life of Benito Mussolini(1962), George IV: Prince of Wales, 1762-1811 (1972), and George IV: Regent and King, 1812-1830 (1973). His work The Destruction of Lord Raglan (1961) won a prize from the Royal Society of Literature. He died from bronchial pneumonia on December 21, 2008 at the age of 84.

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