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Old December 22nd, 2016, 09:31 AM   #1

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I don't know if a thread on this show has already been created (at least I could not find any). Below is the trailer starring Robb Stark, i mean Richard Madden, Dustin Hoffman and more.

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Old December 22nd, 2016, 09:43 AM   #2

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I think I saw this last night on Netflix while searching for a movie for my daughter. I might have to check it out. Thanks for sharing
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I've seen half of the first episode, but I will post my thoughts after I watch a few more. But it is definitely entertaining and easy on the eyes. I think Dustin Hoffman is great but his lack of any European accent is odd. Even a British accent would seem less odd than American.

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.
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Old December 22nd, 2016, 09:55 AM   #4

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I've seen half of the first episode, but I will post my thoughts after I watch a few more. But it is definitely entertaining and easy on the eyes. I think Dustin Hoffman is great but his lack of any European accent is odd. Even a British accent would seem less odd than American.
Ah I thought that was my European bias coming out, but yes I too found Hoffmans accent a bit out of place, which is a very odd thing to say given that Madden and others on the show too have non-Italian accents. Maybe we are so used to European aristocrats regardless of the country using British accents in series and movies by now, that a simple American accent seems completely out of place.

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I think I saw this last night on Netflix while searching for a movie for my daughter. I might have to check it out. Thanks for sharing
No problem, thought fellow historumites out there would like this show
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Old December 22nd, 2016, 11:02 AM   #5
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I'm holding out hope that this becomes the show that I've so DESPERATELY wanted. The Medici family was such an important one to European history. I would love to see this show end with Pope Leo and Martin Luther. I can only hope.
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in wich episode they become aware that winter is coming?
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Old December 22nd, 2016, 12:44 PM   #7

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in wich episode they become aware that winter is coming?
The one where he has to marry Walder Frey's daughter again. (David Bradley is playing Cosimo's father in law)
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I'm holding out hope that this becomes the show that I've so DESPERATELY wanted. The Medici family was such an important one to European history. I would love to see this show end with Pope Leo and Martin Luther. I can only hope.
Indeed. Their story starts here, with Cosimo's early career as a banker showing his rise to pater patriae, statesman, builder, shaper, and father of Florence.

In a discussion a while a back, one of Historum's members calculated that he spent about 650,000 florins in his lifetime. He also noted that a medieval gold florin was worth approximately 200 modern US dollars. "This means that the Medici spent about 126,751,000 US dollars in four decades on charity, taxes, public architecture and art patronage."

I have a feeling, though, that this particular series will only dwell on Cosimo's career, c. 1420 and may not extend all the way to his death in 1464.
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That would be the episode where Cosimo goes into exile; but Florentine winter only lasted one year!
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The one where he has to marry Walder Frey's daughter again. (David Bradley is playing Cosimo's father in law)
What a coincidence!
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