Exploring Florence Through the Medici

This article originally appeared in the October 2015 issue of Dream of Italy. Updated 2018. Even if you’ve never read much Italian history, let alone watched The Borgias, you’ve probably heard of the Medici. A powerful banking dynasty, they ruled medieval and Renaissance Florence with an iron hand in a velvet glove of culture. Award-winning novelist Paul Strathern chose non-fiction as…

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