The Medici didn't start out as the most powerful family in
Italy. Other families and syndicates were just as rich, and just as
ambitious. But no one knew more about getting ahead - and staying
ahead - than the Medici.
They clawed their way to the top through bribery, corruption and violence. Those who stood in their way often wound up
humiliated - or dead. And the Medici exploited a network of “friends of friends” - hangers on who would do
anything to stay close to the family, extorting from the weak, and crushing their enemies.
And it cut both ways. For the Medici, this network of amici degli amici - the magic words in Renaissance Italy - was the
key to fame, fortune and survival.
Governing Florence like a medieval mafia, the power of the Medici stretched all the way to Rome, where even the papacy was
something to be bought and sold.
They were the Godfathers of the Renaissance. ...more
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