At its height, Renaissance Florence was a center 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.
Christopher Hibbert (1924-2008) was an English writer, historian, and biographer. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the author of over fifty books, including The Story of England, Disraeli, Edward VII, and George IV.