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Seasons: 2
Episodes: 16
User ratings: 11,183
Average rating: 7.9

Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

A political family drama set in Florence in the early 15th century. Cosimo de Medici finds himself at the helm of his banking dynasty when his father, Giovanni, dies suddenly.

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Original Sin
After 20 years of grooming, Cosimo Medici replaces his late father in Florence's Signoria, where he must decide whether to support a call for war.
User ratings: 457
Average rating: 7.7
The Dome and the Domicile
As the war with Milan takes a heavy toll on Florence, Cosimo boosts morale and the economy by undertaking the impossible: building the cathedral dome.
User ratings: 366
Average rating: 8.1
While Albizzi uses the plague to turn Florentines against Cosimo and his dome, two Medici family members are lost. Marco forces a shocking confession.
User ratings: 321
Average rating: 8.0
Judgement Day
After Cosimo's arrest, his wife tries to buy a Signoria member's help. Piero seeks to refute the charges, whilst Lorenzo takes a more drastic approach.
User ratings: 310
Average rating: 8.0
In exile in Venice, Cosimo finds himself drawn to a slave woman. Meanwhile, back in Florence, Contessina runs into her childhood sweetheart.
User ratings: 297
Average rating: 8.0
Cosimo returns to Florence while Rinaldo is held for trial on treason and tyranny. Cosimo is visited by an unexpected guest, the Pope. Cosimo convinces the Signoria to exile Rinaldo. The night before his exile, Rinaldo confesses to Giovanni's murder.
User ratings: 305
Average rating: 8.4
Cosimo convinces the Signoria to spare Albizzi's grateful widow confiscation, but rumors that he arranged for Rinaldo and his son's murder by mercenaries are take seriously by all, even his family, so pope Eugene decides to leave his 'tainted' home. Pietro grudgingly helps arrange to have Runaldo's seat take not by him but lowly merchant Bredani, who is later murdered so Pazzi, the heir of the Albizzi faction, can sneakily arrange his own election. Seeing Cosimo haunted by Rinaldo's last sneer he caused his own father's death, Marco Bello hints to know otherwise and is forced to produce his theory, the dagger that killed the apothecary. Cosimo confines his suspect brother Lorenzo, whose protestations are believed by everyone else, and ends up believing him it must be a ploy from Marco after seeing him make out with Maddalena, whose presence may be the last straw for Contessina's tolerance of his sanctimonious ingratitude.
User ratings: 278
Average rating: 8.3
Pazzi has managed to convince the Pope to remove the Medici as Church bankers, but Cosimo is disinclined to surrender what he has worked so hard to attain.
User ratings: 334
Average rating: 8.6
Old Scores
After ruthless patriarch Piero's death, a new generation of Medici is key to Florentine history. Piero de' Medici still incarnates honorable business, but the bank is now is too deep trouble to hide, as he must even call small debts from local merchants and borrow against future papal income, so rival Jacopo di Pazzi and his ruffian nephew Francesco smell Medici blood, planning to outs them from the council, provoking and setting up Giuliano Medici to be abused yet seem a false accuser. The mighty duchy of Milan can't repay its huge, crucial loan to the bank, but their Sforza general offers his troops to invade Firenze and eliminate the warlike Medici rivals. Lorenzo gets wind of it and calls the ransack off, having reached an alternative truce in the council and deposed his father Piero as family and bank head.
User ratings: 133
Average rating: 7.7
Standing Alone
Pietro believes to be utterly betrayed by the foolish move to replace him. Lorenzo goes to Rome, asking pope Paul for an extension of the Medici bank credit from the papal tides. It's denied as the Pazzi man in the Roman Curia trumped the adopted Medici priest Carlo, but Lorenzo's mother gets mighty cardinal Orsini to promise his crucial support if Lorenzo weds his beautiful niece Clarice, who is quickly charmed but can't talked out of joining a nunnery. While the dynastic-diplomatic deal is concocted, Lorenzo returns to Firenze and reconciles his father by promising him to win the silver helmet in the annual joust. Brother Giuliana lets sister Bianca's secret Pazzi beloved Bastiano off with a draw. Francesco refuses to win by cheater sabotage, only to be decked fairly. The marriage is concluded by proxy, to Lorenzo's married mistress's fury.
User ratings: 112
Average rating: 8.0
Obstacles and Opportunities
Finding the papacy unwilling to help out the ailing Medici bank, Lorenzo turns again to cruel duke Galleano Sforza, who accepts to pay off Milan's huge debt by trade treaty at rival city Bologna's expense. Lorenzo is patient with his unsophisticated but well-meaning bride Clarice and arranges for protege painter Sandro Botticelli to get his ideal model Beatrice to sit for a portrait at the Medici's expense. The new pope Sixtus IV appoints a Pazzi kinsman archbishop of Pisa, with jurisdiction over Firenze, so the Medici plot to lock him out. Lorenzo's sister elopes with the brother of Jacopo's deputy cousin Francesco, needing to by 'bought off' by Lorenzo, who still gets his treaty trough the 'priori' as Francesco deserts Jacopo.
User ratings: 103
Average rating: 8.1
Blood with Blood
The death of the pope brings strategic challenges as lorenzo negotiates with the Duke of milan and welcomes his new bride, Clarice, to Florence.
User ratings: 103
Average rating: 8.2
Ties That Bind
Pope Sixtus IV shocks the Medici by forcing Milan's duke Galeazzo Sforza by threat of excommunication to annul the sale of the conquered city Imola, re-destined as wedding present for a papal nephew. At his mother 's request, Lorenzo offers 'side-tracked' Giuliano the post of governor of Volterra, but he declines, saying rightly Francesco was the first choice anyway, and admits he prefers Florentine society, notably his affair with Simonetta Vespucci, co-model for adoring Boticelli, but that project is canceled when her husband smells an adulterous rat. At the christening of Guglielmo's baby, Jacopo poisons godfather Francesco's trust in the Medici's by focusing on his arranged wife's 'complicity'. The Pazzi's arrange for the papal accounts to be withdrawn from the Medici bank, but Lorenzo manages to split off the more lucrative alum contracts.
User ratings: 93
Average rating: 8.6
The Florentine republic's high magistrature of 'gonfaloniere' is up for (re)election, but the Pazzis will stop at nothing to sabotage any Medici candidate, even if that requires sabotaging the lucrative triple alliance with Venice and Milan. The pope follows the Pazzi advice to threaten Milan with excommunication, but Giuliano convinces duke Galeazzo Sforza to dismiss false Pazzi promises, which alas leads to a bloody riposte. Strategic Citta di Castello, formally in the Papal States but traditionally under Florentine protection, lies under siege from a papal relative implicitly granted papal permission to ransack it, but Lorenzo mediates a deal further compromising the Medici bank finances, despite papal refusal to reconcile. Back at Jacopo's side, Francesco helps discourages or murder Medici supporters in the Priori council to support the Gonfaloniere's reelection, but Lorenzo chooses a strategic young candidate. Francesco informs Simonetta Vespucci's husband of her affair with Giuliano, leading to private tragedy for all of them.
User ratings: 95
Average rating: 8.6
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