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Medici Money

Banking, Metaphysics, and Art in Fifteenth-Century Florence



Tim Parks (Author)


“A swift and brilliant synthesis of finance, politics, and history.”—Ben Sisario, New York Times Book Review

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.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • May 2006
  • ISBN 978-0-393-32845-5
  • 5.4 × 8 in / 288 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, Singapore and Malaysia, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

Endorsements & Reviews

“A model for all economic historians. . . . Parks, who is skeptical about bankers, writes about them with pace, wit, and some passion.” — The Economist

“Marvelously entertaining. . . . Parks displays a keen observance of people’s complexities and malleable motives in this account of the fabled Medici dynasty.” — Gilbert Taylor, Booklist

“Fascinating . . . elegantly told.” — Business Week

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