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Magnifico : the brilliant life and violent times of Lorenzo de' Medici

Author: Miles Unger
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover edView all editions and formats
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"Magnifico is a vividly colorful portrait of Lorenzo de' Medici, the uncrowned ruler of Florence during its golden age. A true "Renaissance man," Lorenzo dazzled contemporaries with his prodigious talents and magnetic personality. Known to history as Il Magnifico (the Magnificent), Lorenzo was not only the foremost patron of his day but also a renowned poet, equally adept at composing philosophical verses and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Biography
Named Person: Lorenzo de' Medici; Lorenzo de' Medici; Lorenzo de' Medici; Lorenzo de' Medici
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Miles Unger
ISBN: 9780743254342 0743254341
OCLC Number: 152581040
Description: x, 513 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Contents: The road from Careggi --
Family portrait --
Master of ceremony --
Hope of the city --
Devil's paradise --
Games of fortune --
Lord of the joust --
A wedding and a funeral --
Master of the shop --
Fat victory --
Domestic tranquillity --
The shadow of Rome --
Under the sign of Mars --
Conspiracy --
Murder in the cathedral --
The bloodstained pavement --
Neapolitan gambit --
The shadow lifts --
The garden and the grove --
The cardinal and the preacher --
Epilogue: the spirit in the ring --
Medici family tree --
Note on the government of Florence in the age of Lorenzo.
Responsibility: Miles J. Unger.
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"Magnifico is a vividly colorful portrait of Lorenzo de' Medici, the uncrowned ruler of Florence during its golden age. A true "Renaissance man," Lorenzo dazzled contemporaries with his prodigious talents and magnetic personality. Known to history as Il Magnifico (the Magnificent), Lorenzo was not only the foremost patron of his day but also a renowned poet, equally adept at composing philosophical verses and obscene rhymes to be sung at Carnival. He befriended the greatest artists and writers of the time - Leonardo, Botticelli, Poliziano, and, especially, Michelangelo, whom he discovered as a young boy and invited to live at his palace - turning Florence into the cultural capital of Europe. He was the leading statesman of the age, the fulcrum of Italy, but also a cunning and ruthless political operative. Miles Unger's biography of this complex figure draws on primary research in Italian sources and on his intimate knowledge of Florence, where he lived for several years."--Jacket.

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