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Niccolo Machiavelli

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Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli Full name was: His Many Talents Italian historian
politician
diplomat
philosopher
humanist
writer Married Marietta Corsini in 1502 "THE PRINCE" Written by Machiavelli in 1513
Was his most famous writing
Was a political handbook for rulers
Talked about how to maintain a safe and prosperous state
Did not write it to become famous but instead to get a position in the new Italian government formed by the Medici family. Main question discussed in The Prince “Is it better for a Prince to be loved or feared?” Machiavelli's Answer Preferable to have both, but impossible for the two to coexist
So, it is better to be feared instead of loved Why? Because, as a leader, it is your responsibility to control the state
In order to do this, you must have obedience from the people Born in Florence
on May 3, 1469 Machiavelli didn't believe in
cruelty except for military use. This is because he believed
that if you had a good military then
you would have good laws. “The presence of sound military
forces indicates the presence
of sound laws."
-Niccolo Machiavelli He was a man who practiced what he preached and said things everyone else wanted to say, but were too afraid to do so. Machiavellianism formed because of his moral and ethical beliefs
"the employment of cunning and duplicity in statecraft or in general conduct” Accomplishments his first work was "Discourse on Pisa" in 1499
his novel "On the Way to Deal with the Rebel Subjects of the Valdichiana."
3 plays: Andria (1517)The Mandrake (1518), Clizia (1525).
several poems First involvement in the Florentine political system was in 1498, when he helped overthrow Girolamo Savonarola, the dominant religious and political figure in Florence at that time. It was a comedy and the most famous of
his plays Named the official historian
of Florence in 1520 by
Pope Leo X Pope Leo X also entrusted
him with the writing of
"The History of Florence" "The History of Florence"
was completed in 1525
and presented to Pope
Clement VII Downfall and Death In 1526 he was put
in charge of the inspection
of Florentine fortifictaions. The Medici Dynasty began
to lose power in 1527. Niccolo Machiavelli died on
June 21, 1527 when he
was 58 years old. He was not very well known or
recognizable during his lifetime,
but his influence on politics and
his many great works and writings
had a tremendous impact on how
things changed during the
Renaissance. By: Caitlin Reed 4 sons
2 daughters
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