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The rise and fall of the house of Medici
At its height, Renaissance Florence was a centre of enormous wealth, power and influence. A republican city state funded by trade and banking, its often bloody political scene was dominated by rich mercantile families, the most famous of which were the Medici. This enthralling book charts their huge influence on the political, economic and cultural history of Florence, beginning in the early 1430's with the rise of the dynasty under the near-legendary Cosimo de'Medici, through their golden era as patrons of some of the Medici Popes and Grand Dukes, Florence's slide into decay and bankruptcy, and the end, in 1737, of the Medici line.