#72 – Duke Filippo Maria Visconti

#72 – Duke Filippo Maria Visconti

Cosimo de Medici used his network of bank branches across Europe to do more than just make money. They were also used as an intelligence network. Medici cash was spread far and wide to keep him informed about the machinations of Florence’s – and the Medici...
#71 – The Greek Invasion

#71 – The Greek Invasion

It’s been a while since we have caught up with Cosimo de Medici. Four years after his return to Florence in 1434, he secured a huge opportunity for Florence, that would have far reaching effects on the Renaissance – hosting the Ecumenical Council between the...
#52  The Rise Of The Medici (part 14)

#52 The Rise Of The Medici (part 14)

The return of Cosimo de Medici! On 5 October, 1434, Cosimo arrived at his villa outside Florence and stopped for some food. The Signoria sent him a message begging him NOT to arrive that day, because they thought it would cause a riot. So he sneaks in at night and...
#51  The Rise Of The Medici (part 13)

#51 The Rise Of The Medici (part 13)

By April 1434, six months after Cosimo de Medici’s banishment, the people were turning against Rinaldo degli Albizzi.  Even the banking families weren’t supporting him, not sure he could be around much longer. According to Cosimo, nobody could be persuaded to...
#50  The Rise Of The Medici (part 12)

#50 The Rise Of The Medici (part 12)

So Cosimo de Medici is sent into exile by his enemies. As is the rest of the family. But at least he’s alive. And the business survived. So he’s still FILTHY rich.  It could have been a lot worse. He ends up living at the San Giorgio Maggiore monastery in Venice....