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Excerpt from The Medici Balls: Seven Little Journeys in Tuscany
HY the Medici family assumed the well-known device of red balls on a field of gold, is one of the vexed questions of heraldic history. Some hold that as the saints, Cosmo and Damian, who appear so often in the votive pic tures of the Medici, were also patron saints of medi cine and surgery, and because the name of the family signifies physicians, the balls may suggest pills Others think that a cluster of balls, formerly the sign of money-lenders, was adopted as a device by Giovanni de' Medici, founder of the greater branch of the illustri ous house, who as a banker attained great wealth and inﬂuence. As the Medici identified themselves with the trading interests and government of Florence, and were connected with several noble Florentine families, their coat of arms became familiar throughout all that extensive territory subject to Florence in the fifteenth century. With its varied number of balls, or quartered with other arms, as charged with the royal lily of.
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bound: 256 pages
publisher: Forgotten Books (May 21, 2017)
isbn: 1332022227, 978-1332022229,
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