The Medici didn't start out as the most powerful family in
Italy. Other families were just as rich, and just as ambitious. But
no one knew more about getting ahead - and staying ahead - than the
They clawed their way to the top, sometimes through bribery, corruption
and violence. Those who stood in their way could end up humiliated
- or dead. And the Medici exploited a network of “friends of
friends” - hangers on who would do anything to stay close to
For the Medici, this network of amici degli amici - the magic
words in Renaissance Italy - was the key to fame, fortune and survival.
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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