I’ve said a few times how I don’t binge a lot of TV shows. It takes a lot to capture my attention and keep it but oh boy has “Medici: Masters of Florence” done just that. This is a Netflix show that follows the Medici family, the family that basically kick started the Renaissance. This show reminded me of Game of Thrones but there’s not as many characters and more realistic problems- also no dragons.
Season one is focused on Cosimo de’ Medici and his fight to keep his family in a place of power while fighting schemes to tear his life apart. Cosimo is also a classic Golden Child who really doesn’t want to be in charge and is reluctant to do so. He’d rather be an artist but he has to do as his family wishes to keep them afloat. Plus he’s played by Richard Madden. Double bonus.
Personally, I love season one but the real action starts with season 2.
In season 2, the story follows Cosimo’s grandson Lorenzo de Medici (played by the amazing Daniel Sharman) in his early career as a legislator and family man. Lorenzo is known throughout history for making Florence into the golden hub it was during the Renaissance. He nurtures young artists such as Botticelli and da Vinci into greatness, philosophers like Poliziano and Ficino — he brought life into a city that was crippled by corruption (some of which his family had a small hand in but shhhh). Season 2 specifically follows what came before all that. This follows meeting his wife, preventing wars, losing loved ones, and (partially) foiling one of the most villainous plots in World History. I don’t want to spoil what happens but let me just say this — were I in Lorenzo’s shoes, I would have done the same.
There is a 3rd season that I am not done yet but I know it still follows Lorenzo and his family. Although it seemed to set up for a 4th season, that sadly won’t happen.
The history nerd in me preens over this show and how immersive it is. I feel like I’m really getting lost in 15th-century Italian political battles. Basically, I’m reliving Assassin’s Creed II. Overall, if you’re looking for a show to watch and you love historical shit- even if you don’t and you just want a gripping story to follow- check out Medici: Masters of Florence on Netflix.
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