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Medici: Masters of Florence season 1
Air weekdate:Tuesday Cast:Richard Madden, Annabel Scholey, Dustin Hoffman, Stuart Martin, Ken Bones, Alessandro Preziosi, Sarah Felberbaum, Steven Waddington, David Bradley, Frances Barber, Lex Shrapnel, Valentina Bellè, Alessandro Sperduti, Miriam Leone, Guido Caprino Genre:Drama, Thriller Channel:Rai 1 Status:Continuing
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?
Medici: Masters of Florence season 1 episodes list:
The Medici family suffers a great loss with the death of its patriarch Giovanni. When the designated heir Cosimo discovers that his father was poisoned, he decides to put Marco Bello on the assassin's trail.
The war is throwing Florence into chaos. Piero, Cosimo's only son, is eager to fight. Meanwhile, Cosimo manages to "buy" the withdrawal of Milan's troops, thus saving the city, but in the meantime Florence has again fallen into the plague.
Albizzi has managed to foment the citizenry against Cosimo, accusing him of the crime of usury. When Cosimo learns of the situation, he decides to return to Florence. Albizzi then invents a ploy to get Cosimo arrested and held for trial.
From prison, Cosimo asks Contessina to try bribing a member of the Signoria, to buy votes in his favor. Albizzi starts poisoning Cosimo's food through his prison guard. Contessina negotiates exile rather than the death penalty.
The return of the Medici to Florence is an out-and-out triumph, with Albizzi in prison for his attempt to become the city's "tyrant".
The Signoria now has a vacant chair, and Cosimo is asked to choose who should occupy it. Piero thinks that his moment has now come, but the banker Pazzi, too, has his eyes set on that seat.
Pazzi has managed to convince the Pope to remove the Medici as Church bankers, but Cosimo is disinclined to surrender what he has worked so hard to attain.