The Family Medici: The Hidden History of the Medici Dynasty
by Mary Hollingsworth
Pegasus Books, 2018
Adult Nonfiction History
Looking at the list of things I’ve read and reviewed I realized I hadn’t done this one yet and I still want to.
This was a good general overview of multiple generations of the Medici family.
But that also meant that the book didn’t have a lot of space to go into the detail I wanted for the family members I was interested in.
There is a tone sometimes. It didn’t bother me though. But I wasn’t surprised by the argument that the family had curated an image of supporting the common man and democracy. I was aware going into this that the Medici were like other rich and powerful families of Renaissance Italy, they sometimes helped people out but were mostly concerned with their own interests.
This book did emphasize the flaws and corruption of the family to support the argument that they curated an image of themselves that wasn’t accurate so I understand why achievements and positive stuff was either glossed over, not mentioned, or undervalued but it also made me feel like we were missing a lot.
Overall I enjoyed reading this book but I also recognize that I want to go deeper into some of the specific people in the family and others around them.