The Medici of Renaissance Florence Term Paper by Righter

The Medici of Renaissance Florence
An overview of the contribution of the Medici family to Florence and the Renaissance.
# 58084 | 1,399 words | 7 sources | MLA | 1996 | US
Published on May 01, 2005 in History (European) , History (European - 16th Century)

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This paper examines how the Renaissance was the cultural explosion in Europe, which was heard around the world whose roots trace back to Florence. It looks at how, for most of this time, Florence was ruled by various members of the Medici family, who encouraged Renaissance virtues throughout society and how, during Italy's Renaissance period of the 15th century, the Medicis provided the main impetus for the flourishing of commerce, humanism, and art in Florence.

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"The Medici were never officially heads of the state; they gained influence through other means. Florence was a city of banking, and the Medici was its family of credit. The Medici family spread its banks across Italy in an effort to generate profit through by offering credit to Italian citizens. As the Medici became richer and richer, the merchants and other financially secure citizens whom they served took on positions of influence in Italian and Florentine governmental committees. The Medici "did not regularly serve in high office, but exercised power through [these] intermediate councils and committees, the membership of which [they] usually controlled." It was through their control of governmental committees that the Medici directed Florence's growth."

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