The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance
The Medici Popes/Magnificent Medici (#103)
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Full Program: Giovanni de' Medici becomes Pope Leo X in 1513 and begins to sell indulgences to restore papal funds; Martin Luther... 55:23
Full Program: Wealthy Florentine banker Cosimo de' Medici's search of Europe for relics of antiquity sparks classical learning and... 55:24
Full Program: Lorenzo de' Medici becomes a driving force of the Renaissance; monk Savonarola promotes fundamentalist purification of... 55:22
Full Program: Giorgio Vasari writes a book to define the Renaissance; Galileo pursues his scientific studies with the support of the... 55:23
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Series Description: From a small Italian community in 15th century Florence, the Medici family would rise to rule Europe in many ways. Using charm, patronage, skill, duplicity and ruthlessness, they would amass unparalleled wealth and unprecedented power. They would also ignite the most important cultural and artistic revolution in Western history -- the European Renaissance. But the forces of change the Medici helped unleash would one day topple their ordered world. An epic drama played out in the courts, cathedrals and palaces of Europe, this series is both the tale of one family's powerful ambition and of Europe's tortured struggle to emerge from the ravages of the Dark Ages.
Cosimo de' Medici uses his phenomenal wealth to scour the continent for relics of antiquity. [85 minutes]
Giovanni de' Medici seizes Florence with brutal force and becomes Pope Leo X in 1513. [85 minutes]