Medici Money

Medici Money

Banking, Metaphysics, and Art in Fifteenth-century Florence

Book - 2006
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Before they achieved renown as patrons of the arts and de facto rulers of Florence, the Medici family earned their fortune in banking. But even at the height of the Renaissance, charging interest of any kind meant running afoul of the Catholic Church's ban on usury. Tim Parks reveals how the legendary Medicis--Cosimo and Lorenzo "the Magnificent" in particular--used the diplomatic, military, and even metaphysical tools at hand, along with a healthy dose of intrigue and wit, to further their fortunes as well as their family's standing.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2006, c2005.
ISBN: 9780393328455
Characteristics: xii, 273 p. :,ill., maps. --


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Jun 06, 2014

This book included some very fascinating insights into the life and times of 15th century Florence and the demise of the Medici bank but the details of art and banking were lost on me.

I don't think I have enough interest in banking to admire this book as it should be.

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