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The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici (English Edition) Kindle电子书
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At its height Renaissance Florence was a centre of enormous wealth, power and influence. A republican city-state funded by trade and banking, its often bloody political scene was dominated by rich mercantile families, the most famous of which were the Medici. This enthralling book charts the family’s huge influence on the political, economic and cultural history of Florence. Beginning in the early 1430s with the rise of the dynasty under the near-legendary Cosimo de Medici, it moves through their golden era as patrons of some of the most remarkable artists and architects of the Renaissance, to the era of the Medici Popes and Grand Dukes, Florence’s slide into decay and bankruptcy, and the end, in 1737, of the Medici line.
Christopher Hibbert was born in 1924 and educated at Radley and Oriel College, Oxford. He served as an infantry officer during the war and was awarded the Military Cross in 1945. His many highly acclaimed books include the following titles: The Destruction of Lord Raglan (which won the Heinemann Award for Literature in 1962), London: The Biography of a City, The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici, The Great Mutiny: India 1857, The French Revolution, Garibaldi and His Enemies, Rome: The Biography of a City, Elizabeth I: A Personal History of the Virgin Queen, Nelson: A Personal History, George III: A Personal History and The Marlboroughs: John and Sarah Churchill 1650 - 1744. Christopher Hibbert is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Hon. D. Litt. of Leicester University. He is married with two sons and a daughter, and lives in Henley-on-Thames. --此文字指其他 kindle_edition 版本。
"A superb introduction to the history and arts created by one man's greed." ---Books for Breakfast --此文字指其他 kindle_edition 版本。
- ASIN : B002RI9964
- 出版社 : Penguin; 第 Re-issue 版 (2001年12月6日)
- 出版日期 : 2001年12月6日
- 语言 : 英语
- 文件大小 : 10895 KB
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- 纸书页数 : 394页
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Enjoyed it.2019年3月14日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
I really enjoyed this book, but if you are like me and a linear thinker, the Italian tradition of reusing the same names over many generations gets a bit confusing. I actually made a family tree to remember who was who. There are also about 16 historical figures named Niccolo, so good luck keeping them straight. I thought the book was well written though. I pretty much only read historical nonfiction, and really enjoy Barbara Tuchman and Hugh and Stephen Amrbose and I liked this one a lot, so if you enjoy those authors, you might enjoy this as well.
Enjoyed it.I really enjoyed this book, but if you are like me and a linear thinker, the Italian tradition of reusing the same names over many generations gets a bit confusing. I actually made a family tree to remember who was who. There are also about 16 historical figures named Niccolo, so good luck keeping them straight. I thought the book was well written though. I pretty much only read historical nonfiction, and really enjoy Barbara Tuchman and Hugh and Stephen Amrbose and I liked this one a lot, so if you enjoy those authors, you might enjoy this as well.
but the reader will certainly get a good dose of both2017年1月16日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
Don't be put of by the length of this tome on the Medici - Hibbert is immensely readable and will carry you along quite effortlessly. Despite the many names at play, Hibbert never loses the reader. The book certainly focuses on the family, rather than trying to be, say a complete history of Florence or an exhaustive compendium of the art of the period covered, but the reader will certainly get a good dose of both. I highly recommend it. If, however, you really are concerned by the length or are just dipping your toe into the history of the Medici for the first time, try Tim Parks' Medici Money, a wonderfully concise and very readable history of the Medici, the creation of their banking empire, and the context within which they built it.
Well researched, but lacks narrative power. The Medici meant much more than just extravagant expenditure, obesity and syphilis.2018年6月20日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
Well researched, but lacks narrative power. Starts off strong, tapers off toward repetitiveness by the end. Solid history, however, one tends to believe there had to be more to the latter-day Medici than extravagant expenditure, obesity and syphilis. Ends abruptly, no attempt at a grand conclusion. It would have been both useful and entertaining to attempt a summation of the family's impact on the future of a united Italy, for good or ill. Or its legacy on international banking. Alas, no such luck. The last heir of the Medici dies and that's it.
Perfect book for novices2017年7月26日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
I have read only a few books about the Renaissance in Italy; other than Ross King's book about the creation of the Sistine Chapel amid the drama of the late 15th and early 16th Century, a recent biography of Savonarola, and a bunch of art history books, nothing comes to mind. I have been to most of the art museums in Rome and Florence, and other than that, I'm a complete novice when it comes to this stuff. I knew virtually nothing about the history of the Medici family, and I found this book compelling and easy to follow. If you're looking for a book that tells the story clearly without requiring any background, this is the one. Now I'm going to read his book about the Borgia family. Excellent book!
Carol Ann Rees
Medici ...2020年7月24日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
After watching the series on Netflix, I wanted to know more and more about this family. Book is not easy reading, but definitely gives you more insight into this strange family... I’m still reading the book. I pick it up from time to time. As I said, it’s not easy reading, but most definitely gives you insight. Wish they would have included an “organization” chart of this family. It’s hard to keep track of who’s who ...