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Old January 5th, 2017, 03:42 PM   #21

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I was skeptical about Richard Madden but he's actually been really good in this role.
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Old January 6th, 2017, 07:32 AM   #22

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Yes, he is a great Cosimo. But truth be told I wouldn't object even if he was a terrible actor.
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I like the main character, Madden as Cosimo de Medici. I had to stop watching at the scene in Rome where he meets Brunelleschi. I don't know what happens after they walk through the workshop, but we are given hints of the brilliant material fruition of that meeting. As we know Brunelleschi won the commission to design the Cathedral of Florence's famous dome, built in the 1420s under the patronage of Cosimo.
After watching the next few episodes, I now believe it was Donatello, not Brunelleschi, that was giving Cosimo a tour of the workshop.
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Yes, he is a great Cosimo. But truth be told I wouldn't object even if he was a terrible actor.
So true... he's very easy on the eyes.
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What events are you all looking forward to seeing on screen in this show? I look forward to the skirmishes between Milan and Florence (especially Anghiari), the Council of Florence (Bessarion), the completion of the dome and - though this sounds shallow - I look forward to seeing if they cast his Circassian mistress Maddalena, who bore him his only illegitimate son, Carlo.
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I just finished the episode (5 or 6?) and they really took a liberty having Contessina be the hero of the exile sentence. I couldn't help but cheer her on while she disrupted the signorial meeting by charging in on a horse to demand exile instead of death. (Despite this oddity, I like her character in the show). In reality it was the guard in charge of his cell ; he was bribed, allowing the flow of messages between Cosimo and his allies. Those allies, incidentally, consisted of the states of Ferrara and Venice, not to mention the masses of builders, tradesmen, craftsmen, merchants, and guildsmen who considered the Medici their party. He had popular support as well as 'royal' support, so Albizzi was actually quite lucky in securing a sentence of exile.

It's very entertaining!
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