The synopsis of the series is available on the official websites of the co-producers, Big Lights Productions and Lux Vide. They give us a chance to have some more info, to know what to expect from this epic series.
I thought I would share this with you:
Medici: Masters of Florence is a political, family drama set in Florence in the early 15th century. Cosimo de’ Medici (Madden) finds himself at the helm of his supremely wealthy, banking dynasty family, when his father, Giovanni (Hoffman) dies suddenly. However Cosimo is concealing a dangerous secret – Giovanni was murdered. Now Cosimo must unearth his killer in order to protect the wealth and power of the family.
Such wealth and power has elevated the family to a status equal to the nobility, much to the distaste of many of Florence’s old noble families. It has also brought much political and social influence to the Medici. However the family is unique in that they are neither nobility nor commoners; they are the new “middle class”.
Aided by his brother, Lorenzo de’ Medici (Martin) and his trusted servant, Marco Bello (Caprino), Cosimo searches for his father’s killer. Top of his list of suspects is arch-enemy, Rinaldo Albizzi (Shrapnel), his one-time friend.
Cosimo must also strive to maintain his father’s financial legacy, but his ambitions are vastly different from his father’s. Drawn to art and architecture, Cosimo embarks on the completion of the Duomo. His love of art will herald the birth of the Renaissance.
SOURCE: Big Light productions
Anyway, the Italian co-producer, Lux Vide, provides a different synopsis:
Giovanni de’ Medici, thanks to a contract stipulated with the Papacy twenty years before, has transformed his family bank into an unprecedented economic force. But then, Giovanni is mysteriously murdered, and his sons, Cosimo and Lorenzo, are forced to face a range of enemies plotting to oust the Medici from power. First in line is Rinaldo Albizzi, head of the faction of nobles, who stands opposed not only to the rise of the middle class, favored by the Medici, but also to Cosimo’s vision for the city, including his patronage of magnificent works of art and architecture by such great artists as Donatello and Brunelleschi.
Also in the Medici family keeping the peace is not an easy task. Lorenzo and Cosimo are nearly opposite in temperament, and Cosimo’s marriage to Contessina de Bardi – formed as a political alliance but then matured into a formidable partnership – will be severely strained during his exile in Venice. It is there that Cosimo takes up with Maddalena, a beautiful slave who becomes his mistress and the mother of his illegitimate son.
In the meantime, the mystery of who killed Giovanni continues to lurk behind the scenes, and a new arch-enemy appears on the horizon in the person of the rival banker Pazzi. All the while, the onerous guilt of the compromises made and the evil done for the good of the family weighs heavily on Cosimo’s soul. He must decide how far he is willing to go to preserve his vision of Florence – a vision we now know as the Renaissance.
SOURCE: Lux Vide