The Medici women managed to carry out political activity on behalf of the family through the networks they created not only within Florence, but beyond in Rome, and even further afield, through their familial ties to Popes Leo X and Clement VII. This presentation will cover the accomplishments of two powerful women, Caterina, who became the Queen of France over unbelievable hardships, and the last Medici woman, Anna Maria Luisa, and her gift to Florence.
The Medici family, also known as the House of Medici, first attained wealth and political power in Florence in the 13th century through banking and commerce. They became one of the wealthiest families in Italy, but it wasn’t until the 15th century that the Medici’s began turning their wealth into political capital, making themselves the unofficial, yet undisputed, rulers of Florence from 1434 to 1737. The family’s support of the arts and sciences made Florence the cradle of the Renaissance.
Presented by Toni McKeen.
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