#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....
#49  The Rise Of The Medici (part 11)

#49 The Rise Of The Medici (part 11)

Albizzi tries to get the Signoria to pass the death sentence on Cosimo. Meanwhile, Cosimo waits nervously for his brother Lorenzo, Niccolo da Tolentino and his mercenaries to rescue him from his cell, while expecting his execution to come at any time. Renaissance...
#48  The Rise Of The Medici (part 10)

#48 The Rise Of The Medici (part 10)

Florence’s war with Lucca was like the assassination of Franz Ferdinand. It set off a string of conflicts across northern Italy. When Cosimo gets back to the city, he finds it in chaos and broke. So he bails it out. And then he gets arrested. Renaissance Times...