English Learning for Curious Minds

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Summary

The Medici family rose to power in Florence in the 1400s, and controlled the city for a large part of the Renaissance. Their legacy lives on through much of the art, culture, and architecture that we now take for granted.
In this episode we tell the story of how they rose to power and developed the idea of modern philanthropy.
Full transcript, key vocabulary, and bonus episodes available on www.leonardoenglish.com

Show Notes

"He it is who decides peace and war… He is king in all but name.” 
Quote about Cosimo de' Medici


The Medici family rose to power in Florence in the 1400s, and controlled the city for a large part of the Renaissance. Their legacy lives on through much of the art, culture, and architecture that we now take for granted.

In this episode we tell the story of how they rose to power and developed the idea of modern philanthropy.


In today's episode we cover:

  • The founding of the Medici bank
  • The bank and the Vatican City
  • Cosimo de Medici: "The Father of The Fatherland"
  • Patronage of the arts
  • Lorenzo The Magnificent
  • The attempted assassination of Lorenzo in front of 10,000 people
  • Being held prisoner by the King of Naples
  • The Medici entering the Vatican City
  • Making marriage matches
  • The legacy of The Medici

Full transcript and key vocabulary available on the website www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/the-house-of-medici

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