The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance, by Paul Strathern

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Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance, by Paul Strathern

Recommended for people who love reading history books or are fascinated by the Medici family.

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On the good sideĀ the journey through the family’s history we meet Michelangello, Botticeli, Galileo, lots of PopesĀ and all sorts of kings and queens of France and Spain. Murders, double dealing, cunning plans galore. Lots of fascinating goings-on.

My brother started reading this book and gave up one third of the way through. Mumzie read it and loved it. I was determiend to get to the end, hoping it would get a bit more gripping and less like a History course text book.Ā  Though other reviewers cite it’s strength as being the non-academic writting. Academic writing must be deadly tedious.Ā This book was a bit too dry given how fabulous the story actually is. I started reading this 400 page tomeĀ in December 2008 and finally finished in August 2010. Way too long.

I have not seen the PBS TV production, I suspect it is probably a much more rewarding experience to watch this series than read the book.

The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance, by Paul Strathern
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4 bits of lovely banter on “The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance, by Paul Strathern”

  1. Kevin writes:

    Ah yes, dark deeds in the Renaissance… Machiavelli gave a vivid contemporary account of a contemporary “hit” – “A Description of the Methods Adopted by the Duke Valentino when Murdering Vitellozzo Vitelli, Oliverotto da Fermo, the Signor Pagolo, and the Duke di Gravina Orsini.” There’s a nicely-translated version of it, I think it’s tacked on at the end of the Everyman edition of “The Prince.” Actually, if you skip the usual lengthy academic forewords and introductions “The Prince” is a surprisingly lively read in itself when it’s translated properly (try the Penguin edition).

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    wendy writes

    I did enjoy reading the Prince

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  2. Happy Frog and I writes:

    The Prince every time for me. Still pop into it from time to time. Well done on carrying on with your book for 2 years though. I don’t think I could have done that!

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  3. Madame Defarge writes:

    I did read this book some years ago and found it the dullest book ever on the subject. Very badly written too. I do adore Machiavelli, who is rather more readable.

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