The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance

The Birth of a Dynasty

Series 1 - Episode 1 The Birth of a Dynasty

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Summary

The rise of the Medici banking family and the human stories behind the Italian Renaissance, beginning with the life of Cosimo de Medici who, after a bitter struggle with the rival Abizzi family, came to be recognised as one of the most powerful men in Florence. He oversaw the revival of classical art, commissioning the greatest craftsmen of the era, from Donatello to Gozzoli.
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