Florence in the fifteenth century was the undisputed centre of the Italian Renaissance. Its legacy is apparent today in every aspect of human endeavour. Out art and science, our learning and literature, our Christianity and out civic liberties, even our conception of what constitutes a gentleman, have all been shaped by Florentine thought and deed.
In this brilliant and absorbing book Vincent Cronin brings vividly to life the people and myriad achievements of this astonishingly fruitful epoch in human history.
“This is probably the best book that has ever been written in the Renaissance and probably the most readable... Mr Cronin's fluent pen and his delight in the subject turn the whole account into something of a love story.”
The Times Educational Supplement
“One of the first books to recommend to someone who wishes to discover the Florentine Renaissance.”
The Times Literary Supplement
“A fascinating story, eloquently told and packed with recondite material... a model history for the general reader.”
“With the selective skill of a great master painter who makes the most minute detail play its part in the whole composition, Vincent Cronin has, in this distinguished book, sifted for us the living spectacle of the quattrocento in the hub of Tuscany.”