Mary Hollingsworth is a scholar of the Italian Renaissance. She is the author of The Cardinal's Hat; The Borgias: History's Most Notorious Dynasty; and Patronage in Renaissance Italy: From 1400 to the Early Sixteenth Century. She divides her time between Italy and England.
A fascinating warts-and-all history of the rise and fall of the Medici. Hollingsworth effectively debunks the myths surrounding this legendary family. A vital acquisition for anyone who studies the Renaissance and seeks the true role of the Medici in the history of Florence. Highly readable. A revisionist view of the celebrated Medici family. Hollingsworth's clear, concise family chronology serves as an excellent introduction or handy reference guide to one of the Renaissance's most infamous families. Vivid and well-researched. Hollingsworth's implication is correct and praiseworthy--that we should remember the Medici for what they were, not for what they wanted us to think they were.