This history of Florence is not just a conventional story of politics, dates and reigns; nor is it the story of the Medici, though their spectacular rise from jobbing moneylenders to Grand Dukes is inevitably part of the tale. Uniquely, it charts the events that have shaped the history of Florence from its origins as an ancient Roman settlement to the cultural icon the city is today, through the voices of the people who witnessed these events unfold. My history will move outside the corridors of power and the halls of art to take the reader into the streets, houses, workshops and market stalls, to the dining-tables, even the bedrooms of men and women, rich and poor, bringing a new dimension to our knowledge of this remarkable place.
Mary Hollingsworth has a B.Sc. in business studies and a Ph.D. in art history. Her doctoral thesis dealt with the role of the architect in Italian Renaissance building projects and led to research on the role of the patron in the development of Renaissance art and architecture, a subject she taught to undergraduates and postgraduates, and published in two books (see below).
Her subsequent work on the papers of Cardinal Ippolito d’Este considerably broadened her horizons, and expertise, well beyond the confines of art history into the everyday world of Renaissance Europe. She has publ...
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