Mary Hollingsworth

Hatchard’s Christmas Book Signing

Thursday November 30th, from 6pm. You are cordially invited to Hatchard's #ChristmasCustomerEvening: the perfect chance to meet your favourite authors, have Christmas gifts signed, and enjoy a glass of wine and a mince pie. Mary Hollingsworth will be there with the following authors: Simon Jenkins, Dan Jones, Meg Keneally, Terry O’Neill, John Julius Norwich, Ruth Rogers, Ali Smith, Henry Blofeld and more.

Hatchards Piccadilly

187 Piccadilly

19 November 2017

The Medici : Lust for Power. With Mary Hollingsworth at Previously…Scotland’s History Festival


Join Mary at Scotland's History Festival.

Having founded the bank that became the most powerful in Europe in the fifteenth century, the Medici gained political power in Florence, raising the city to a peak of cultural achievement and becoming its hereditary dukes. Among their number were no fewer than three popes and a powerful and influential queen of France. Their patronage brought about an explosion of Florentine art and architecture. Michelangelo, Donatello, Fra Angelico and Leonardo are among the artists with whom they were associated.

Thus runs the 'received view' of the Medici. Mary Hollingsworth argues that the idea that they were wise rulers and enlightened fathers of the Renaissance is a fiction that has acquired the status of historical fact. In truth, the Medici were as devious and immoral as the Borgias – tyrants loathed in the city they illegally made their own and which they beggared in their lust for power.


Sun 26 November 2017
14:00 – 15:00 GMT
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