In this episode of Obehi Podcast, we are going to be talking about the book: The Black Prince of Florence: The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro De’ Medici by Catherine Fletcher. Claim Your List Of 10 African Books To Read.
Alessandro de’ Medici (Ruler of Florence for 7 years – 1531 to 1537) was one of the first people of African origin to serve as a head of state in the Western world. Born out of wedlock to an African maid and Lorenzo de’ Medici, he was the last legitimate heir to the line of Lorenzo de’ Medici.
“When Alessandro’s noble father died of syphilis, the family looked to him. Groomed for power, he carved a path through the backstabbing world of Italian politics in a time when cardinals, popes, and princes vied for wealth and advantage. By the age of nineteen, he was the prince of Florence, inheritor of the legacy of the grandest dynasty of the Italian Renaissance.”
The Key Questions In This Episode:
- How did this uncommon personality born of an African mother manage to rule over Florence?
- What were the challenges Alessandro had to go through?
- What could he have done differently not to be assassinated?
- And what can we learn from this story as Africans?
These and some more questions are what Catherine will be helping us to understand in this episode of Obehi Podcast.
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Catherine Fletcher is a historian of Renaissance and early modern Europe. Her previous books include The Black Prince of Florence: The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro de’ Medici and The Divorce of Henry VIII: The Untold Story.
One of her most successful books is The Black Prince of Florence: The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro de’ Medici.
Catherine has been a Scouloudi Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research (2007-08), Rome Fellow at the British School at Rome (2009-10) and Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute (2010-11).
She has lectured at Durham University, the University of Sheffield, and Swansea University. In January 2020 she became a Professor of History at Manchester Metropolitan University.
You can learn more about Catherine Fletcher at Catherinefletcher.info.
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