Christopher Hibbert has written a comprehensive history of the Medici dynasty, painstakingly researched. It is a fascinating read for anyone interested in this illustrious and often infamous family who influenced princes and kings, religious leaders, artists, scientists and political theorists. They were the patrons of the Illuminati of centuries, and left a legacy which remains to this day.
My only complaint is Hibbert’s often ponderous prose, and the lack of a proofreader of his prodigious work.
Otherwise, certainly the gold standard of histories on the Medici. A must-read for any love of Renaissance history.by