Medici

The Medici family is an Italian elite family of bankers and popes (head of the Catholic Church) from Firenze (Tuscany). The medical profession with snake symbol was named after them. Cosimo and Lorenzo de Medici played a pivotal role in inventing Greek texts and creating Hermeticism (cult of Hermes/Mercury), the so called Renaissance. Its coat of arms contains a fleur-de-lis symbol.

They worked with Leonardo da Vinci.

Giovanni di Bicci founded the Medici dynasty.

Cosimo de Medici married Contessina Bardi, another leading Italian banking family. In 1397 he founded the Medici Bank. Stefano IV Colonna was a soldier in his army.

Pope Sixtus IV (della Rovere, Franciscan Order, Sixtine Chapel, Spanish Inquisition) was involved in the Piazzi conspiracy with Giacomo Sforza against the Medici's.

Lorenzo de Medici married Clarice Orsini.

Giovanni il Popolano de Medici, his cousin, married Caterina Sforza, a rival of Cesare Borgia.

Margharita de Medici married Edward Farnese, Duke of Parma (family that founded the Order of the Jesuits with the House of Borgia).

Cosimo II de Medici was the patron of Galilei Galileo.

Dominican friar Giromalo Savonarola used the Medici's in his sermons as symbol of decadance, with Firenze as New Jerusalem. He was excommunicated by pope Alexander IV (Borgia).

The Medici's controlled the papacy through Leo X, Clement VII, Sixtus IV.

Giovanni de Medici (Leo X) excommunicated protestant leader Martin Luther.

Giullio de Medici (Clement VII) played a role in the sack of Rome by Charles V Habsburg, ordered the Last Judgement of Michelangelo with Jesus Christ in the As above, So below pose.

Catherine de Medici, niece of Clement VII, was the wife of Henry II, king of France. She played a role in the St Bartholomew massacre of Hugenoth protestants. She was the sponsor of Nostradamus.

Francesco de Medici, Cosimo's son, married Joan of Austria Habsburg, daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I. He later married Bianca Cappello Morosini (rich Venetian family). He was a member of the Order of the Golden Fleece.

Antonio de Medici, Francesco and Bianca's son, was a Knight of Malta who fought the Ottoman Turks.

Marie de Medici, Francesco and Joan's daughter, was a 1st cousin of Virginio Orsini. She married Henry IV Bourbon of France, who had war debts with the Medici's and allowed the jesuits to regain control in France.

Pieter Paul Rubens and Anton Van Dijck (Belgian propganda artists of the jesuits) made portraits of her.

Henrietta Maria de Medici was a patron of jewish kabbalists and visited Sabbatean rabbi Jacob Judah Templo in Holland.

Charles II Stuart of England was related to the Medici's. He helped founding the Royal Society, intertwined with freemasonry (the Scottish Rite).

Eleonora de Medici, Marie's sister, married Vincenzo Gonzoga.

Ferdinando de Medici, Francesco's brother, organised an expedition of Robert Thornton, to colonise Brazil. His daughter Catarina married Ferdinando Gonzoga, his daughter Claudia married Federico della Rovere and later Leopold V Habsburg, who funded a jesuit church in France. Claudia and Leopold's daughter Maria Leopoldine married Ferdinand III Habsburg.

Giacomo de Medici was a member of the Order of the Golden Fleece.

The Medici's invented the piano (88 keys, nr of Mercury), used in classical music. They put an obelisk in their Boboli gardens.

Luigi de Medici trained Carl Rothschild as banker of the Vatican in Naples.

Emilio Medici (Legion of Honour) was made pm of Brazil in 1969.

Mabel Dodge lived with Edwin Dodge in a Medici villa near Florence.

Forte di Belvederi of the Medici family was used for the marriage Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.

Sean Bean played in Medici the Magnificent.

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