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Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance tells the story of a violent, dramatic and compelling age; a critical turning point in Western history.

Travel back in time to see the real human stories behind the European Renaissance, and the family that bankrolled it.

This is a family who inspired some of the greatest moments in the birth of the modern world and challenged some of the greatest thinkers and pioneers of the age.

Filmed on 16mm film entirely on location in Italy, the story of the Medici is an epic drama that weaves the descendants of one Tuscan family with momentous cultural and political turning points. Played out in the courts, cathedrals and palaces of Renaisssance Europe, this is the cradle of modern civilization.

Their story is a bloodthirsty mix of ambition and triumph, murder and revenge. And it is a tale of inspiring achievement and cultural revolution. Through the eyes of the Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance, uncover the history of the greatest achievements of the early modern era.

From the construction of the great dome of Florence, the painting of the “Birth of Venus” and the sculpting of Michelangelo's “David”, to Luther's Reformation and Galileo's earth-shattering confrontation with the Church. None of these would have happened without the Medici… and their friends.

Combining extraordinary dramatic sequences with interviews, original archive and special effects this four-hour documentary series is a political suspense thriller and riveting intellectual adventure story, told through the lives of some of history's most exciting characters.

Find out more about: Birth of a Dynasty | The Magnificent Medici | The Medici Popes | Power vs Truth

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Part 1   Part 1: Birth of a Dynasty

The Series
-Part 1: Birth of a Dynasty
-Part 2: Magnificent Medici
-Part 3: Medici Popes
-Part 4: Power vs Truth

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