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Medici money : banking, metaphysics, and art in fifteenth-century Florence

Author: Tim Parks
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., ©2005.
Series: Enterprise (New York, N.Y.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Their name is a byword for immense wealth and power, but before their renown as art patrons and noblemen, the Medicis built their fortune on banking. Banking in the fifteenth century, even at the height of the Renaissance, meant running afoul of the Catholic Church's prohibition against usury. It required more than merely financial skills to make a profit, and the legendary Medicis--most famously Cosimo and Lorenzo  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: House of Medici; House of Medici; House of Medici; Medici, Familie
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Tim Parks
ISBN: 0393058271 9780393058277 0393328457 9780393328455
OCLC Number: 57319704
Notes: "Atlas Books."
Description: xii, 273 pages : illustrations, maps, 1 genealogical table ; 22 cm.
Contents: With Usura --
The art of exchange --
The rise to power --
"The secret things of our town" --
Blue blood and white elephants --
The magnificent decline.
Series Title: Enterprise (New York, N.Y.)
Responsibility: Tim Parks.

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Their name is a byword for immense wealth and power, but before their renown as art patrons and noblemen, the Medicis built their fortune on banking. Banking in the fifteenth century, even at the height of the Renaissance, meant running afoul of the Catholic Church's prohibition against usury. It required more than merely financial skills to make a profit, and the legendary Medicis--most famously Cosimo and Lorenzo ("the Magnificent")--were masterly at the political, diplomatic, military, and even metaphysical tools that were needed to maintain their family's position. Parks uncovers the intrigues, dodges, and moral qualities that gave the Medicis their edge. Evoking the richness of the Florentine Renaissance and the Medicis' glittering circle, replete with artists, popes, and kings, Medici Money is a look into the origins of modern banking and its troubled relationship with art and religion--

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