In our constant tour around Italy we go and have a general visit with 14th and 15th century Genoa to catch up on all their wars with Venice and the Aragonese as well as all the internal infighting between the various Doria, Spinola, Fieschi, Grimaldi and Campofregaso for which external rulers are constantly called in, the, Anjou, Milan, France, Monferrato, milan again and so on.
Filippo Maria Visconti becomes sole ruler of the duchy of Milan after the assassination of his brother, Giovanni Maria. At first he manages to consolidate the crumbling duchy and set thing son the right path, but with the 1420’s, things get hectic and the Duke’s content plotting and intrigue may complicate things for him as the wars of Lombardy kick off, with Milan, Venice and Florence accompanied by a series of guest starts such as Naples, and Savoy, all the way to the end of the Visconti dynasty.
After the untimely death of the first duke of Milan, Gian Galeazzo Visconti, the duchy is thrown into turmoil as the widow, Caterina Visconti attempts to hold onto the realm of her sons, Giovanni Maria and Filippo Maria through internal intrigue and external military pressure from Florence, Venice and many others trying to take advantage of Milan’s moment of weakness.
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We follow the life and times of Giovanni di Bicci De Medici, shrewd banker and able politician as he navigates the complicated waters of early 15th century Florentine politics as the republic prepares to kick of an age of unprecedented cultural renewal: the Renaissance
Florence searches desperately to find support to resit the seemingly unstoppable expansion of the newly formed Duchy of Milan. Will they manage? Or will Gian Galeazzo Visconti complete his vision of including Florence in his dominions.