A vivid and dramatic account of one of the most influential families in Italian history
Paul Strathern studied philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin. He has lectured in philosophy and mathematics. He is a Somerset Maugham Prize-winning novelist; author of two series of books - Philosophers in 90 Minutes and The Big Idea- Scientists who Changed the World; as well as Mendeleyev's Dream (shortlisted for the Aventis Science Book Prize); Dr. Strangelove's Game- A History of Economic Genius, The Medici- Godfathers of the Renaissance; The Artist, the Philosopher and the Warrior, Death in Florence- The Medici, Savonarola and the Battle for the Soul of the Renaissance City and, most recently, The Spirit of Venice.
An excellent history...an entertaining, if ultimately dispiriting
tale of the rise and fall of an ambitious banking family
Strathern has done his research thoroughly, and tells a good story well
A great overview of one family's centuries-long role in changing the face of Europe