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History of Florence and of the Affairs of Italy

Niccolò Machiavelli

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History of Florence and of the Affairs of Italy is an historical account by Niccolò Machiavelli. Toward the end of 1520, the Cardinal Giulio of Medici, later Pope Clement VII, offered Machiavelli the appointment to write a history of Florence. Although Machiavelli was reluctant to accept, accepting was his only way to regain the good graces of the Medici who had regained power and were in a position to offer him employment and protection. Doing the history also provided a way for Machiavelli’s views to become the “official” history of Florentine and Italian affairs. Once completed, the work was presented officially to Giulio, now Pope, in May of 1526.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Corso, thus finding himself surrounded by his foes, no longer retaining any hope of assistance from Uguccione, and without a chance of victory, thought only of effecting his personal safety, and with Gherardo Bordoni, and some of his bravest and most trusted friends, fought a passage through the thickest of their enemies, and effected their escape from the city by the Gate of the Cross. They were, however, pursued by vast numbers, and Gherardo was slain upon the bridge of Affrico by Boccaccio Cavicciulli. Corso was overtaken and made prisoner by a party of Catalan horse, in the service of the Signory, at Rovezzano. But when approaching Florence, that he might avoid being seen and torn to pieces by his victorious enemies, he allowed himself to fall from horseback, and being down, one of those who conducted him cut his throat. The body was found by the monks of San Salvi, and buried without any ceremony due to his rank. Such was the end of Corso, to whom his country and the. . . Read More

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Detta är en kortfattad sammanfattning av Florens historia från Rom till Machiavellis egna dagar. Den blir mer och mer detaljerad ju närmare den tänkta nutiden den kommer. Boken är alls inte dålig, men den är rik på fakta och insinuation, och fattig på sammanhangsyn och exempel. Jag menar att den int

This book totally redeems Machiavelli's character. I read The Prince and thought Machiavelli must have been the Itallian version of Rasputin. But this book shows remarkable insight into politics and the motivations behind civil leaders. He seems remarkably objective. He doesnt seem to have an axe to

Oddly enough, in comparison to his more known works such as The Prince, or the Discourses on Livy, or even to The Art of War; this has been the work of Machiavelli's I've looked forward to the most. I wouldn't quite say, though, my expectations were accurate. In fact, I find myself somewhat disappoi

NOTA PREVIA: Leí esta obra por haber cursado la materia no-obligatoria de «Maquiavelo (autor)». Como breve reseña de la misma, anexo el reporte de lectura que le dediqué:


El propósito de Maquiavelo al hacer una historia de Florencia parece ser, al contrario de otros escritores, no un recuento de l

Don't get me wrong, I am and remain a giant fan of Machiavelli and anyone who is responsible for working with, managing or being managed by other people would do well to read both him and Mancur Olson's "Logic of Collective Action." That said, if you are going to read Machiavelli, read "The Prince"

The importance of this book on the American 'founders' cannot be understated; many of the ideas regarding property and republicanism, usually attributed to Locke or Rome, are expressed with pungent force here. John Adams, in particular, was moved to write essays debating (as it were) Machiavelli.

This less-famous work of Machiavelli depicts a medieval Florence, a city garnished with both classical vestiges and Renaissance innovations, a city identified with arts and wealth, a city known for a family -- the Medici family. While the book covered the history of Florence from its very Roman begi

A fascinating history of Florence from one of the greatest political minds in history.

One of the best written histories of its time; despite some factual inaccuracy it is immaculately well written and a must read for the early modern intellectual historian.

The year 2015 went as expected. This is the last book of this year.

Machiavelli was reviled by many for his "evilness" in the Prince. I kind of feel sorry for him, for there is someone who's much more evil than Machiavelli but somehow got away from being totally disgusted by others, because he had wo

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