By: Ross King

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ISBN
9780007261277
Date Released
Binding
Hardcover
Pages
176
Dimensions
203 x 135mm

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'The Prince', NiccolÒ Machiavelli's handbook on power–how to get it and how to keep it–has been enormously influential in the centuries since it was written, garnering a heady mixture of admiration, fear, and contempt. Its author, born to an established middle–class family, was no prince himself. Machiavelli worked as a courtier and diplomat for the Republic of Florence, and enjoyed some small fame in his time as the author of bawdy plays and poems. Upon the Medici's return to power, however, he found himself summarily dismissed from the government he had served for decades and exiled from the city where he was born.

In this discerning new biography, Ross King rescues Machiavelli's legacy from caricature, detailing the vibrant political and social context that influenced his thought and underscoring the humanity of one of history's finest political thinkers. Ross King's Machiavelli visits fortune–tellers, produces wine on his Tuscan estate, travels Europe tirelessly on horseback as a diplomatic envoy, and is a passionate scholar of antiquity–but above all, a keen observer of human nature.
ISBN:
9780007261277
Publication Date:
01 / 11 / 2007
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
203 x 135mm

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