“How Money and Politics Worked in 1519”

Jacob Fugger counting his money

Jakob Fugger counting his money

Nine years later than the 1510 setting, admittedly, and a few hundred miles to the north, but this intriguing — in ever sense — account from Atlas Obscura of how the German Fugger banking family tried to buy the Holy Roman Empire for what in modern terms would be around $100 million is well worth a read. Jakob Fugger “the Rich” would, I suspect, be at home with a Super-PAC, and one wonders about the scope for banking-fuelled political shenanigans in an Italy going through the immense changes of the clockpunk revolution.

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