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6,915. Garibaldi united Italy into one country. Garibaldi was as great in his day as Mussolini is in ours. (Teacher & Italy & Great) The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie II starring Geraldine McEwan & Amanda Kirby & Lynsey Baxter & Vivienne Ross et al, Brodie to class
131,391. Many believe that the CIA continued to meddle in Italian elections for decades, making sure Italy was always governed by a right of centre government. But some historians claim that wasn’t the end of interference in Italian politics. They claim that after three decades of anti-communist parties in Italy, the US along with Nato went far further, brutally murdering Italy’s popular prime minister Aldo Moro. (Conspiracy & Cold War & Assassination: Aldo Moro & Italy & Gladio) Conspiracy s1e6: The Cold War Files
83,257. But what the Normans were really hungry for was territory and the fertile plains of southern Italy must have presented a tempting site. Southern Italy was a promised land ripe for the picking. (Norman & Italy & France) Professor Robert Bartlett, The Normans III: Normans of the South
83,258. Muslim Sicily was a difficult island to conquer. (Norman & Italy & France) ibid.
86,545. Florence 1389: a boy is baptised into a Medieval world ... His name was Cosimo de’ Medici. From humble beginnings his dynasty would seek power and influence and not stop until they had secured the papacy itself. (Renaissance & Italy) Empires Special: Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance: Birth of a Dynasty, PBS
86,546. Florence was also a cauldron of creativity. (Renaissance & Italy) ibid.
86,547. The Medici would protect and pay for the greatest artists and thinkers of their age: Michelangelo et al. (Renaissance & Italy) ibid.
86,548. The Medici: godfathers of the Renaissance. (Renaissance & Italy) ibid.
86,549. Cosimo de’ Medici and his friends were searching for lost secrets from the ancient world. (Renaissance & Italy) ibid.
86,550. The Medici bank was a small-scale operation. (Renaissance & Italy) ibid.
86,551. [Filippo] Brunelleschi ... a maverick architect ... Brunelleschi's vision would resurrect forgotten concepts of the past. (Renaissance & Italy & Architecture) ibid.
86,552. He would have to re-write the rules of Western architecture. (Renaissance & Italy & Architecture) ibid.
86,553. Brunelleschi also tried to escape the limitations of his age. (Renaissance & Italy & Architecture) ibid.
86,554. Cosimo was accused of treason against the city and her people. (Renaissance & Italy) ibid.
86,555. Money talked and Cosimo walked. (Renaissance & Italy) ibid.
86,556. The Medici were back in business. (Renaissance & Italy) ibid.
86,557. The Council brought together the greatest mix of thinkers, artists, merchants, and churchmen that the world had ever seen. (Renaissance & Italy) ibid.
86,558. By the mid-15th century the Medici family had fought their way to power in Florence. They had dictated the taste of the city, presiding over a revolution in Western culture – the Renaissance. (Renaissance & Italy) Empires Special: Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance II: The Magnificent Medici, PBS
86,559. The greatest artists the world had ever seen. (Renaissance & Italy) ibid.
86,560. Behind the glory lay violence. (Renaissance & Italy) ibid.
86,561. Lorenzo worked to protect the future of the Medici dynasty. (Renaissance & Italy) ibid.
86,562. He was an artist who would take the world apart ... Leonardo da Vinci. (Renaissance & Italy) ibid.
86,563. Lorenzo decided to bring Michelangelo into his family. (Renaissance & Italy) ibid.
86,564. Under Lorenzo, Florence had reached new heights of culture and sophistication. (Renaissance & Italy) ibid.
86,565. [Sandro] Botticelli ... hurled his own paintings into the flames ... The Bonfire of the Vanities. (Renaissance & Italy) ibid.
86,566. For over a century one family had run the city of Florence. They had carved their name into the heart of the Florentine Renaissance – the Medici. But at the height of their success they had been toppled by a sudden revolution. Now two cousins reigned as brothers. (Renaissance & Italy) Empires Special: Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance III: The Medici Popes, PBS
86,567. Fifteen years earlier the sculptor had been adopted into the greatest family in Florence. Michelangelo had moved in with the Medici. (Renaissance & Italy) ibid.
86,568. A bloody civil war exploded in the streets of Florence. (Renaissance & Italy) ibid.
86,569. They had begun to procure corpses from the city’s hospitals for ‘private research’. The pioneer of this controversial method was the city’s most talked about personality – Leonardo da Vinci. (Renaissance & Italy) ibid.
86,570. Machiavelli was a single minded patriot determined to defend the city from Medici dictatorship. (Renaissance & Italy) ibid.
86,571. From now on Cardinal Giovanni de Medici would be known as ... Pope Leo X ... Within just one year of his extravagant life-style he had emptied the papal coffers. Soon Leo X owed money to every bank in Rome. Behind the scenes Julio was pawning the papal jewels. So Leo turned to the source of income only available to the Pope himself – the sale of forgiveness. (Renaissance & Italy & Pope) ibid.
86,572. Luther’s ninety-five thesis was an indictment on the sale of salvation. And a direct attack on the pope. (Renaissance & Italy & Pope) ibid.
86,573. The Bull of Excommunication condemned Luther to Hell. (Renaissance & Italy & Pope) ibid.
86,574. Within two years Giulio de Medici was crowned Pope Clement VII. (Renaissance & Italy & Pope) ibid.
86,575. Enemies of the Medici in Florence were already running riot. The rioters struck without discrimination. (Renaissance & Italy) ibid.
86,576. The corrupt, disastrous reign of the Medici Popes was over. (Renaissance & Italy & Pope) ibid.
86,577. Future generations would take the Renaissance beyond the realm of art and sculpture and change man’s understanding of the universe for ever. (Renaissance & Italy) ibid.