Medici: Masters of Florence
Giovanni de Medici, thanks to a contract stipulated with the Papacy twenty years before, has transformed his family bank into an unprecedented economic force. But then, Giovanni is mysteriously murdered, and his sons, Cosimo and Lorenzo, are forced to face a range of enemies plotting to oust the Medici from power. First in line is Rinaldo Albizzi, head of the faction of nobles, who stands opposed not only to the rise of the middle class, favored by the Medici, but also to Cosimos vision for the city, including his patronage of magnificent works of art and architecture by such great artists as Donatello and Brunelleschi. Also in the Medici family keeping the peace is not an easy task. Lorenzo and Cosimo are nearly opposite in temperament, and Cosimos marriage to Contessina de Bardi formed as a political alliance but then matured into a formidable partnership will be severely strained during his exile in Venice. It is there that Cosimo takes up with Maddalena, a beautiful slave who becomes his mistress and the mother of his illegitimate son. In the meantime, the mystery of who killed Giovanni continues to lurk behind the scenes, and a new arch-enemy appears on the horizon in the person of the rival banker Pazzi. All the while, the onerous guilt of the compromises made and the evil done for the good of the family weighs heavily on Cosimos soul. He must decide how far he is willing to go to preserve his vision of Florence a vision we now know as the Renaissance.
This series is the story of the Medici dynasty, which were ordinary traders. They reached a high political and religious positions in Florence thanks to the necessary relations. Things are moving in the XV century ad. The locals are not happy by the actions of army and their king. At this moment the Medici family, headed by Giovanni begins to rule by Florence. They are aiming to achieve a high position, wealth and respect among the people, come what may. And they accomplish it. Because greedy officials are ready to do anything for a large bribe. They managed to create their own Bank. The economic situation has become better as a result. But the Medici did not stop on achieved goals. That's why they made a huge contribution to the religious culture of the country too. As a result, Giovanni, Kazim and other members of Medici's family amassed a lot of enemies and envious. Because everyone wants power. Over time, people began to be wary of current heads of state. Sometimes the Medici had acted dishonestly. Their Bank became one of the wealthiest companies in Europe. But for this they are destroying all of their path. They bribe the officials and kill enemies which are dangerous for them. How long time will they be able to rule?Read more »