Florence..1389 a boy is baptized into medieval world. He was not of noble birth,he was the son of local merchant, his name, was Cosimo The Medici…”
The Medici’s literally nurtured the greatest thinkers, artists, painters, sculptors, architects of their age. Da Vinci, Donatello, Raphael, Giotto, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Brunelleschi, Vasari, even Galileo himself was nurtured by the Medici family.
It is of little wonder that the Medici’s are called, “the Godfather’s of the Renaissance”.
The Renaissance. The Rebirth. Where did it happen? How did it happen? What is it? If one is going to delve into such questions (again) or for the first time, I have one pretty good suggestion. In fact, my suggestion has only three letters: PBS.
The Public Broadcasting Service, or PBS, has got some fantastic resource material. There is a series of videos called, “The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance”. Each video lasts about an hour. Each one is entertaining, informative, and very high quality.
I recommend watching the first video in the series, entitled, “Birth of A Dynasty.” I honestly do not believe you will be able to stop watching, and will quickly go on to watch the other videos, in rapid succession.
PBS also rightly figured that their audience would include teachers. They have a site where there are handouts, freely downloadable, to use with your students. I believe they are a great starting point for numerous class discussions and projects.
How I came to the story was because of my free ebook, “Looking For Catarina”, located at the top of this page. Just click on the link below for your free download:
“Looking for Catarina” is about Catarina de Medici, who later became Queen Catarina of France. It’s a love story, set in the Renaissance city of Florence, Italy. It has a a Pope and Leonardo de Vinci, among other Renaissance personalities…
Needless to say, I found the PBS video series to be quite fascinating.
So, without further preamble, here’s the info you need: