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Machiavelli and His Friends Their Personal Correspondence

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ISBN-10: 087580599X

ISBN-13: 9780875805993

Edition: N/A

Authors: James B. Atkinson, David Sices, Niccolo Machiavelli

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The intimate world of Niccolò Machiavelli comes to life in this first complete collection in English of the letters he wrote and received. Spanning his adult life from 1497 until his death in 1527, these letters to and from his friends and compatriots—some of whom, such as Francesco Guicciardini and Francesco Vettori, were among the most influential thinkers of the day—reveal his personality and present a panorama of life, people, and critical events in Renaissance Italy.The correspondence offers valuable insight into the origins of Machiavelli's ideas on history, politics, literature, and society and the social context from which his achievements arose. Often his correspondence served as a…    
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Book details

Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 4/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 650
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.90" tall
Weight: 0.132
Language: English

Niccolo Machiavelli was born on May 3, 1469 in Florence, Italy. He was a political philosopher, statesman, and court advisor. Starting out as a clerk, he quickly rose in the ranks because he understood balance of power issues involved in many of his diplomatic missions. His political pursuits quickly ended after he was imprisoned by the Medici family. He is best known for The Prince, his guide to power attainment and cutthroat leadership. He also wrote poetry and plays, including a comedy named Mandragola. He died on June 21, 1527 at the age of 58.