A 2013 ZDF/Arte History/Forensic Documentary narrated by Clayton Nemrow.
For the past 10 years, a team of European scientists has exhumed 28 corpses of this mighty Italian dynasty which are buried in the Medici’s family crypt in Florence. It is the largest-scale project in forensic medicine of all times: the Medici Project. With leading experts and real Medici family members this docu-drama follows the Medici’s trail of blood, offering a brand-new take on the dramatic intrigues and mysterious murders within the Medici family. The film focuses on two outstanding periods of the 16th century - a time when the descendants of Cosimo the Elder and Lorenzo the Magnificent have already ascended to rulers of Tuscany and have married into Europe’s ruling dynasties.
In Interviews historians, forensics and bio-archaeologists talk vividly about these vibrant times, centering around the siblings Isabella, Francesco and Ferdinando de' Medici as well as Francesco’s mistress Bianca Cappello.
Episode 1: This episode focuses on Isabella Romola de' Medici. She was the daughter of Cosimo I de' Medici, first Grand Duke of Tuscany, and Eleonora di Toledo. She was raised and educated in a humanist manner with her siblings, including Francesco de' Medici who succeeded their father as the Grand Duke of Tuscany. When she was 16, she married Paolo Giordano I Orsini from the ancient and powerful Roman Orisini family. She remained in her father's household after her marriage, giving her greater freedom and control over her own affairs than was customary for Florentine women of the time.
On 16 July 1576 Isabella died unexpectedly at the Medici villa in Cerreto Guidi during a hunting holiday. According to her brother, the Grand duke, this occurred "while she was washing her hair in the morning ... She was found by Signor Paolo Giordano on her knees, having immediately fallen dead."
However, the official version of events was not generally believed, and the Ferrarese ambassador, Ercole Cortile, obtained information that Isabella was "strangled at midday" by her husband in the presence of several named servants. Isabella was the second sudden death in an isolated country villa in the Medici family, her cousin Leonora, having died of a similar "accident" only a few days before.
Most historians assume that Paolo Giordano killed Isabella, in reprisal for carrying on a love affair with Troilo Orsini, or that he acted on instructions of the Grand duke Francesco, Isabella's brother. Other scholars argue that Isabella de' Medici died of natural causes and that the rumour that Paolo Giordano murdered her was spread by enemies of the Medici.
A 2015 TV5Monde History Documentary hosted by Stéphane Bern, with english subtitles.
Stéphane Bern invites you to join him in Florence, at the heart of the Italian Renaissance, to discover one of its most famous figures. A king despite having neither crown nor title: Lorenzo the Magnificent.
Lorenzo de' Medici was an Italian statesman, de facto ruler of the Florentine Republic and the most powerful and enthusiastic patron of Renaissance culture in Italy. Also known as Lorenzo the Magnificent (Lorenzo il Magnifico) by contemporary Florentines, he was a magnate, diplomat, politician and patron of scholars, artists and poets. As a patron, he is best known for his sponsorship of artists such as Botticelli and Michelangelo. He held the balance of power within the Italic League, an alliance of states that stabilized political conditions on the Italian peninsula for decades, and his life coincided with the mature phase of the Italian Renaissance and the Golden Age of Florence. The Peace of Lodi of 1454 that he helped maintain among the various Italian states collapsed with his death. He is buried in the Medici Chapel in Florence.
A 2008 BBC Arts, History Documentary hosted by Andrew Graham-Dixon.
Andrew Graham-Dixon reveals how the Medici family transformed Florence through sculpture, painting and architecture and created a world where masterpieces fetch millions today. Without the money and patronage of the Medici we might never have heard of artists such as Donatello, Michelangelo or Botticelli, and Graham-Dixon examines how a family of shadowy, corrupt businessmen, driven by greed and ambition, became the financial engine behind the Italian Renaissance.
A 2004 PBS Empire Special, History Documentary narrated by Massimo Marinoni.
From a small Italian community in 15th century Florence, the Medici family would rise to rule Europe in many ways. Using charm, patronage, skill, duplicity and ruthlessness, they would amass unparalleled wealth and unprecedented power. They would also ignite the most important cultural and artistic revolution in Western history - the European Renaissance. But the forces of change the Medici helped unleash would one day topple their ordered world.
The Birth of a Dynasty - Europe, 1400: A continent torn apart by war and plague is dominated by the authority of the Catholic Church. In the towns and cities live merchants and entrepreneurs who sense that their world is changing. With increasing trade and wealth an appetite for enlightenment develops. No longer neglected in the shadows of the Church, classical philosophy, poetry, art and sculpture begin to reach a new audience. This is especially true in cosmopolitan cities like Florence, home of Cosimo de'Medici.
A 2014 PBS Nova History, Technology Documentary hosted by Jay Sander.
The dome that crowns Florence's great cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore - the Duomo - is a masterpiece of Renaissance ingenuity and an enduring source of mystery. Still the largest masonry dome on earth, it is taller than the Statue of Liberty and weighs as much as an average cruise ship. Historians and engineers have long debated how its architect, Filippo Brunelleschi, kept the dome perfectly aligned and symmetrical as the sides rose and converged toward the center. More than four million bricks could collapse at any moment and we still don't understand how Brunelleschi prevented it. To test the latest theories, a team of U.S. bricklayers will help build an experimental "mini-Duomo" using period tools and techniques.
A 2017 BBC History, Science Documentary hosted by Alexander Armstrong and Michael Scott.
Alexander Armstrong and Dr. Michael Scott explore the romantic city of Florence. Using the latest 3D scanning technology, they reveal how its wonderful facades and artworks mask a hidden story of intrigue and secrecy, and one powerful dynasty was behind it all - the Medicis, godfathers of the Renaissance. Finally, the scanning team build a virtual reality 3D model to reveal how the city's secret corridors of power were the foundation of the city's Renaissance glory.
Note: "Medici" is pronounced as Alexander says it, not as Michael Scott continues to pronounce it.
Because Chatham County is not included in the FEMA Disaster zone, individuals in this county cannot apply for any relief, assistance, loans, nor can they ask their lender for a forbearance. But there are ways you can help: Donate, and call your state representatives, and, more importantly, your Governor, and demand your Governor apply for a Presidential declaration of disaster. Without that declaration, these people are unlikely to recover.
A lonely reporter from The Weather Channel found himself in the midst of Hurricane Florence this past weekend when he was caught exaggerating the storm's intensity . Perhaps he was just exhausted from doing constant live reports. Maybe he was trying to seem more heroic than he actually was. Whatever the reason, this young man proved that nothing is off limits to Fake News.
On the other hand, we also got some pretty hilarious memes out of it.
Im Video von Florida Maquis wurde auf einen möglichen Ursprung, sodenn kein Fehler, hingewiesen. Die Insel Annobón, die heute atomare Müllhalde und davor Sklavendepot war, war und ist wieder im Blickpunkt von Atlantisforschern geraten. Nicht das es einen Zusammenhang gibt aber interessant, wie ich finde.
https://www.minds.com/media/886249748115910656 #Brunswick nuclear plant in middle of the cone of #Hurricane #Florence expected to hit as Cat 4 or 5. One simulation shows Florence doing a tight loop as soon as it hits North Carolina and hitting #NorthCarolina Again. Double whammy at 150 MPH!!
Tensions increased one day after the murder of a Senegalese citizen by an Italian man; the result was anger and vandalism in Florence, Italy.
A group of about 100 Senegalese men marched through the streets outside of Palazzo Vecchio where there was an ongoing summit between community representatives and institutions. The men next decided to move into the city center to protest and voice their anger. Potted plants were destroyed, grating of tramway worksites were uprooted and garbage baskets turned upside down.
Traffic was blocked in the area of Santa Maria Novella and the police were caught by surprise upon their arrival.