City Barbeque Food for Thought Series: The Medici Family and the Birth of Renaissance Florence

Tuesday, February 22, 2022
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Dr. William Landon returns to the Cold Spring Branch to once again bring us a talk about the famous Medici Family of Italy. Aided by the newly acquired banking wealth, and uncanny political skills, in the late 14th and early 15th centuries, the Medici family became the masters of Florence and the chief patrons of its newly emerged Renaissance culture. But Medici’s rise to power came at a cost to Florentine citizens; they were forced to exchange their traditional Republican liberties for Medici tyranny. Register now as spots are limited.

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About the Presenter:

Landon is a scholar of European history and an international authority on the life and times of Niccolò Machiavelli. He has published two monographs, Lorenzo di Filippo Strozzi and Niccolò Machiavelli: Patron, Client and the “Pistola fatta per la peste” (University of Toronto Press, 2013) and Politics, Patriotism, and Language: Niccolò Machiavelli’s “Secular Patria” and the Creation of an Italian National Identity (Peter Lang, 2005). The attention that Dr. Landon drew to Lorenzo di Filippo Strozzi has re-invigorated Italian and Anglophone scholarship dedicated to the famous, but historically neglected, Strozzi.

In the past few years, Dr. Landon has dedicated a good deal of his scholarly energy to bringing Machiavelli’s contributions to western political thought to the public’s attention by writing and performing Books That Matter: The Prince for The Great Courses. He has also written and performed a very successful series on The Borgia Family for Audible, which objectively re-assesses their notorious legacy. At the moment, Dr. Landon is writing a new video series for The Great Courses on The Medici Family and their impact on the Renaissance.

Dr. Landon also has a keen interest in the ways in which Machiavellian politics appear in our contemporary environment. He provided the foreword for “Nick Machiavelli’s” The Politician (“Nick” is an active Canadian politician who published his book using a nom de plume—because he feared that the secrets he revealed would lead to recrimination). And, Dr. Landon has just finished his contribution to the forthcoming book, Machiavelli Pop (Palgrave), tentatively titled: “The Secretary and the President, or, Machiavelli, Trump and The Prince”.

For those that can’t attend in-person:

The talk will be filmed by Campbell Media and airs the following week on Sunday and Wednesday at 4:30 PM on CCMC (Cincinnati Bell Ch. 810 and Spectrum Ch. 202).  It is also available on the Campbell Media Website or the Campbell Media App on Apple TV and Roku.

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Campbell Media:

Campbell Media is a service of the Campbell County Cable Board. The Cable Board was created by an Interlocal Agreement between the Campbell County Fiscal Court and 11 local cities within the County. The member cities are Highland Heights, Alexandria, Bellevue, Southgate, Wilder, Silver Grove, Melbourne, Crestview, Woodlawn, California, Mentor and Fiscal Court serving the unincorporated county. The Cable Board administers the cable television franchise agreement with Spectrum and Cincinnati Bell Extended Territories. The Board is made up of representatives from government agencies.

Our goal at Campbell Media is to reach out to our community and provide a wide range of media tools and mechanisms while maintaining a direct outlet for community programming through cable channels.

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Age Range:   18+

Snacks Provided:   Yes

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