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In the early XV century aristocrats in Florence hardly tolerated, "shopkeeper and moneylender," Cosimo de 'Medici. This man seemed attracted money! Remind fellow citizens of their great-grandparents of three elected at the post gonfaloniere (higher position during the Florentine republic), Cosimo considered useless: because the Medici supported the plebs and their descendants for many years been banned from holding public office. He, Cosimo, was the first ever to be ruler. And he did it thanks to the skillful use of its considerable capital. Money is always rescued him, although one of the favorite priskazok old man (for so many years was called Cosimo ordinary Florentines) was: 'Make Money – not the main thing. " In our time, such as he probably would have called oligarchs. But Cosimo de 'Medici did not pay any attention to the nickname or the sidelong glances – he insists on doing his job, and the visible fruits of his labor have been the best reward.

From his father he inherited banking offices and 180 thousand florins. And for forty years to build a real financial empire, was the banker of the papal court, has opened offices in nineteen cities across Europe. Aristocrats could as want to whisper behind his back. Do not reckon with him was impossible. A wise saying about a good ability to spend money for each has its own meaning. Someone finds it wise to invest all profits in business development, some sure that the money needed to own anything they want, someone fills their coffers … Cosimo de 'Medici money needed to rebuild the world in its own way, to alter life for themselves. The head of the financial empire with a tightly stuffed wallet became ruler of Florence.

If someone thinks that at that time engaged in politics in Florence, the holy angels, he is deeply mistaken. In the political arena was a mortal combat – so that the Medici had to transform itself from a banker and businessman in an exciting detective character. His main rival was the leader of the party Noble (noble), Rinaldo degli Albizzi. An experienced politician, he quickly put too experienced opponent on both blades: a year had passed, as Cosimo was charged with a felony against the republic – and thrown into prison, where he was expected to solve their plight. However, the millionaire Cosimo found a way to pass the will of "the banking payment system" to bribe the judges. Money did not disappoint his master: Signoria (elected government of Florence) Medici was sentenced not to death, and for the expulsion. Reference lasted only a year. Florentines was re-elected all Signor, and supporters came to power Medici. Rinaldo was expelled, Cosimo – refunded. Moreover – he was elected gonfaloniere! Millions have worked at this time. Now all Republican positions occupied his supporters. However, during the Medici in Florence, as is known to flourish.