Medici Money: Banking, Metaphysics, And Art In Fifteenth-Century Florence (Enterprise)
Publish Date: 2005-04-01
Author: Tim Parks
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An account of the Renaissance era's preeminent financiers describes how the Medicis built their fortune as money lenders in spite of the Catholic church's prohibition against usury, documenting the family's mastery of political, diplomatic, military, and metaphysical tools that enabled them to retain their wealth and become art patrons and nobles. 25,000 first printing.