While Franco Cesati obviously knows the Medici very, very well, this book barely scratches the surface of that knowledge. He covers about 750 years of Tuscan history in just 135 small pages. And the text is "stretched" by several pictures on each page. Without the pictures this book would be less than 100 pages. I still gave the book 4 stars simply because the author knows his stuff and it really is a great intro to the Medici. For something a little more in-depth, check out The House of Medici: Its Rise and Fall or Magnifico: The Brilliant Life and Violent Times of Lorenzo de' Medici.
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