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Medici Money Banking, Metaphysics, And Art in Fifteenth-century Florence (Paperback)

Author:  Tim Parks
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0393328457
ISBN-13: 9780393328455
Sku: 202171420
Publish Date: 5/1/2006
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.5L x 0.75T
Pages:  273
Age Range:  NA
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A swift and brilliant synthesis of finance, politics, and history. Ben Sisario, "New York Times Book Review"
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Their name is a byword for immense wealth and power, but before their renown as art patrons and noblemen, the Medicis built their fortune on banking. Banking in the fifteenth century, even at the height of the Renaissance, meant running afoul of the Catholic Church's prohibition against usury. It required more than merely financial skills to make a profit, and the legendary Medicis--most famously Cosimo and Lorenzo ("the Magnificent")--were masterly at the political, diplomatic, military, and even metaphysical tools that were needed to maintain their family's position. Parks uncovers the intrigues, dodges, and moral qualities that gave the Medicis their edge. Evoking the richness of the Florentine Renaissance and the Medicis' glittering circle, replete with artists, popes, and kings, Medici Money is a look into the origins of modern banking and its troubled relationship with art and religion. --From publisher description.Before they achieved renown as patrons of the arts and de facto rulers of Florence, the Medici family earned their fortune in banking. But even at the height of the Renaissance, charging interest of any kind meant running afoul of the Catholic Church's ban on usury. Tim Parks reveals how the legendary Medicis-Cosimo and Lorenzo "the Magnificent" in particular-used the diplomatic, military, and even metaphysical tools at hand, along with a healthy dose of intrigue and wit, to further their fortunes as well as their family's standing.
Expatriate writer Tim Parks brings to bear his considerable expertise in all things Italian on this in-depth look at Florence in the Renaissance that focuses on the dichotomy between the spirit of enterprise that resulted in the flowering of the arts, and the Christian belief that wealth and prosperity lead on a direct path to perdition. Parks looks at the flamboyant Florentine culture of the time and finds equivalencies with the 21st century, but he manages to remain always attuned to the particular zeitgeist of the period as well.
Author Bio
Tim Parks
Tim Parks was born in Manchester but grew up in London. He studied at both Cambridge and Harvard and, while he was still in his 20s, moved to Italy. He has written fiction as well as memoir-like books about his life as an Englishman in Italy, and he also has also done translations of Italian writers such as Moravia and Calvino.


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"[M]arvelously fresh....Parks is a clear-eyed guide to the ambiguities of Florentine culture....His prose is swift and economical, cutting to the chase." 04/04/2005

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0273
Product attributePublisher:   W. W. Norton & Company
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