The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance

The Medici Popes

Series 1 - Episode 3 The Medici Popes



How Giulio de' Medici and his cousin Giovanni returned from their enforced exile by assembling an army and storming Florence, overcoming the opposing forces to regain control of the city. There followed a period of excess, but when Giovanni, now Pope Leo X, funded his extravagances by agreeing to sell papal indulgences, he triggered a series of events which again saw the family face disaster.