The best book about The Medici, the most important family of Florence .
I want to suggest you this book that has been very helpfull for me while I was studying to become a local guide.
But let me tell you something about this family.
The Medici had power in Florence for about 300 years.
But the way they managed the town changed in the history.
In the 15th century they started to be bankers and became very reach.
They started to manage power in town using olso bad method?.as corruption.
However some of them did it in a ?clever? way and they were loved by the common people.
But at the end of the 15th century they were exiles from the town by the Republic of Florence.
In the 16th century they got the title of Dukes that means they started to be the only one to control the town.
Later they became also Grand Duke.
I organize some tours in Florence about The Medici, you can find the description in my website 🙂
MEDICI: THE BEST BOOK
The book title is : Medici: Story of a European Dynasty
It is written by Franco Cesati an italian publisher and journalist who wrote several books about Florence.
This one has a very good introduction to The Medici but tell you also something about the different kind of Government that the town had before The Medici.
I read this book before starting my school to get the license as local guide, to be introduced to the great family.
But it was also helpful during the school because there is a section related to each member of the family and is very well organized and written.
I suggest to read this book before coming to Florence to better understand any tour that is possible to do here: because anything in this town is somehow related to The Medici.
And the book is easy to be read: paragraphs are not to long and there are also little mentions to art related to any member of the Medici.
You can find the book on this link.
Enjoy the history of The Medici!!!