Medici Money
Banking, Metaphysics, and Art in Fifteenth-Century Florence
978 1 86197 757 1
Paperback 273 pages

Their name is a byword for immense wealth and power, but before their renown as art patrons and nobleman, the Medici built their fortune on banking. Tim Parks tells the fascinating, frequently bloody story of the family and uncovers the intrigues, dodges and moral qualities that gave the Medici their edge. Vividly evoking the richness of the Florentine Renaissance, Medici Money is a brilliant look into the origins of modern banking and its troubled relationship with art and religion.