While on the topic of movies and documentaries, I recently came across this one: Medici: The Godfathers of the Renaissance. This documentary is invaluable as an educational tool because it makes vivid the crucial importance of freedom in stoking and supporting human creativity.
Without the Medici there would have been no Renaissance (and not even the Reformation! – a product of Medici corruption!).
In a world full of intrigue and politics – and religious persecution – the Medici managed to nurture the freedom which led to the burst of creativity we call the Renaissance. You'll be amazed at how many key figures of the Renaissance and Reformation are associated with the Medici.
I've found three of the entire episodes on Youtube (Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3). The first one is embedded below. You'll have to link to the others. I think there is one more but I couldn't readily find it.
You can also see this here.
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