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Netflix Series - Medici - Any Historical Value or just a fun Soap Opera?

I am enjoying the entertaining Medici on Netflix now. Is there any historical relevance in this series or is it all just fiction? (BraveHeart had its hits and misses with historical facts as well.)
Thanks!

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If this is the one I saw on Netflix, there was a fair degree of historical accuracy and you can google to find some fact-checking. I think there was one opposition leader(I think to the first Medici in the series) who did not die as shown. Also, I think it said that Lorenzo's brother was not a lover of the Vespucci wife thought to be the model for the artist.

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Cala,
Good to read from you. There are a lot of Medici shows. I should check out PBS for a history show. The one I am watching Cosimo’s lover is a model named Bianco who is single and a laundress/model struggling. I also think that Lorenzo died differently in real life.

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Sun baked in Florida. There are more than one Medici series, I think there are 3 now (that follow different generations of the family).

The first year centered on Cosimo, who had a brother named Lorenzo (I won't spoil it with his story line).

The Lorenzo who was head of the family came along in a later generation (different series year). Since family first names were endlessly repeated, it's easy to mix up the generations.

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CJean,
You are not spoiling it! I finished season one of Giovanni, Cosimo, Lorenzo. Now, I’m starting season 2. The Netflix version is like a cross between Game of Thrones and a Soap Opera with a little bit of The Godfather thrown in for good measure. I see it as more entertainment than historically accurate. Sometimes though, history surprises me and these programs have history woven into them.

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What I enjoyed most about the series Medici The Magnificent is that so much of it is filmed in Pienza, a town I’m getting to know fairly well. It’s fun to see so many places I have been in and the familiar buildings and views in the background.

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Hey Lisa,
Thanks for informing me of Pienza. I have been in Florence and could tell some of the buildings were not in Florence. I believe some Computer Generated Images were used to recreate the Florence of the 1400’s. May be combined with some actual photos.