Banking, Metaphysics, and Art in Fifteenth-Century Florence
W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393328455, 273pp.
Publication Date: May 1, 2006
Before they achieved renown as patrons of the arts and de facto rulers of Florence, the Medici family earned their fortune in banking. But even at the height of the Renaissance, charging interest of any kind meant running afoul of the Catholic Church's ban on usury. Tim Parks reveals how the legendary Medicis Cosimo and Lorenzo the Magnificent in particular used the diplomatic, military, and even metaphysical tools at hand, along with a healthy dose of intrigue and wit, to further their fortunes as well as their family's standing.
About the Author
Tim Parks is the author of more than twenty novels and works of nonfiction, including the best-selling Italian Neighbors and An Italian Education. His novels include Europa which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His essays have appeared in theThe New Yorker and the New York Review of Books.Parks is also a renowned translator from the Italian and lives in Verona.