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Birth of a Dynasty 

Europe, 1400: A continent torn apart by war and plague is dominated by the authority of the Catholic Church. In the towns and cities live merchants and entrepreneurs who sense that their ... See full summary »

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Europe, 1400: A continent torn apart by war and plague is dominated by the authority of the Catholic Church. In the towns and cities live merchants and entrepreneurs who sense that their world is changing. With increasing trade and wealth an appetite for enlightenment develops.No longer neglected in the shadows of the Church, classical philosophy, poetry, art and sculpture begin to reach a new audience. This is especially true in cosmopolitan cities like Florence, home of Cosimo de'Medici. Written by Anonymous

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This episode is much more about the Renaissance in Florence versus a story of the Medicis.
2 June 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is the first episode of four about the Medici family. It begins with a discussion about the patriarch of this powerful family, Cosimo de' Medici. I was actually rather surprised when I watched this one, as it didn't focus all that much on Cosimo or his family but was much more about the Renaissance in Florence. Now I understand that the Medici family were patrons of the art and many great artists worked for them, but this is pretty much the focus of most of the show. As a history teacher who has MUCH more interest in the salacious and exciting, the Renaissance itself is a bit dull--the scheming, killing, the evil Medici popes and bribes, now THAT is exciting stuff and the sort of stuff you'd expect in a show about the Medici. I sure hope parts 2, 3 and 4 are more violent and less artsy! Still, for what it is, episode 1 isn't bad--though I did feel that the narration was a bit too subdued in style.


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