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Ruthless Ambition
 
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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 Medici.

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 the family.

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

God's Bankers | Losing Face | Private Lives | Other Families | Medieval Murder


 
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