The Rise of the Medici

A lecture by Fabrizio Ricciardelli


Prof Ricciardelli examines how Cosimo il Vecchio de’ Medici (1389-1464) systematically worked to establish the ascendant power of the Medici following his  political return to Florence in 1434,  giving birth to the family’s predominant influence on the city’s political, religious, cultural and artistic life.  He retained personal power until his death, within a council-like constitutional system of republican origin, by judicial persecution of opponents leading to exemplary punishment or life-long exclusion.




Fabrizio Ricciardelli earned his undergraduate degree in Medieval History at the University of Florence (Italy) and his Ph.D. at the University of Warwick (England). In 2012 he was appointed Director of the Kent State University program in Florence. His latest publications are A Short History of Florence (2019) and The Medici. The Power of a Dynasty (2021).


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