The Medici Family – Online

Successive generations of the Medici family had an enormous impact on life in Europe in the 15th and 16th Centuries. This ranged from the economic influence derived from their ownership of one of the first immensely successful banks in the whole of Europe, to the political influence that came along with this. In the latter arena, they exerted significant influence in the appointment of four Popes and the coronation of two Queens of France. In addition to this, they made lasting contributions to art and humanitarianism, acting as patrons to geniuses such as da Vinci (among many others) and their centrality to the cultural life of the Renaissance is unquestioned.
If you would like to learn more about the da Medici family, their impact and contributions to art, politics and historical course of events in general then this is the right course for you. We will not just be studying the 'lives of great men' but investigating how the Medici dynasty shaped life for all in the Renaissance period and beyond.

Who is this course for

This course is for everyone interested to know more about da Medici family and their life, work, historical background etc. No prior knowledge is required.

What does this course cover

By the end of the course, students will have learnt about da Medici family, their life, work as well as what makes them stand out. The students will also have learnt the living conditions, the social, historical and political circumstances of the time and how the da Medici family impacted upon these.

What will it be like

The course will be run online using Zoom for the live class sessions and either the Moodle page for the course or some other system for the distribution of the electronic resources for the session sitting alongside this. Although there will be some adjustments that need to be made for the online version of this course, we will aim to keep the experience as close as possible to that of a face to face course taught in the Centre.

There will be a mix of interactive PowerPoint lecturing, incorporating visual material as well as a range of student activities. These include interactive activities, reading material, evaluating visual material, pair and group work and analysis of material.

Your progress will be assessed via displayed understanding of the lectured topic, via successful completion of interactive activities and independent assignments and via participation in group discussions.

What else do you need to buy or do

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quite and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

There will be handouts and worksheets distributed during the class however, students may want to bring a pen and a notebook to make notes.

What this course could lead to

This course could lead to other history courses such as da Vinci genius or other history courses.

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