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Machiavelli's "Prince"

Machiavelli's "Prince"

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The Prince
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Nicolo Machiavelli
Translated by W. K. Marriott A Penn State Electronic Classics Series Publication

The Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli, trans. W. K. Marriott is a publication of the Pennsylvania State University. This Portable Document file is furnished free and without any charge of any kind. Any person using this document file, for any purpose, and in any way does so at his or her own risk. Neither the Pennsylvania State University nor Jim Manis, Faculty Editor, nor anyone assoc
The Prince
by

Nicolo Machiavelli
Translated by W. K. Marriott A Penn State Electronic Classics Series Publication

The Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli, trans. W. K. Marriott is a publication of the Pennsylvania State University. This Portable Document file is furnished free and without any charge of any kind. Any person using this document file, for any purpose, and in any way does so at his or her own risk. Neither the Pennsylvania State University nor Jim Manis, Faculty Editor, nor anyone assoc

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The Prince
by
Nicolo Machiavelli
Translated by W. K. Marriott
A Penn State Electronic Classics Series Publication
The Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli, trans. W. K. Marriott is a publication of the Pennsylvania State

University. This Portable Document file is furnished free and without any charge of any kind.
Any person using this document file, for any purpose, and in any way does so at his or her own
risk. Neither the Pennsylvania State University nor Jim Manis, Faculty Editor, nor anyone associ-
ated with the Pennsylvania State University assumes any responsibility for the material con-
tained within the document or for the file as an electronic transmission, in any way.

The Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli, trans. W. K. Marriott, the Pennsylvania State University,Elec-
tronic Classics Series, Jim Manis, Faculty Editor, Hazleton, PA 18202-1291 is a Portable Document
File produced as part of an ongoing student publication project to bring classical works of lit-

erature, in English, to free and easy access of those wishing to make use of them.
Cover Design: Jim Manis
Copyright © 2001 The Pennsylvania State University

The Pennsylvania State University is an equal opportunity university.
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Machiavelli
The Prince
by
Nicolo Machiavelli
Translated by W. K. Marriott

Nicolo Machiavelli, born at Florence on 3rd May 1469. From 1494 to 1512 held an official post at Florence which in- cluded diplomatic missions to various European courts. Imprisoned in Florence, 1512; later exiled and returned to San Casciano. Died at Florence on 22nd June 1527.

INTRODUCTION

Nicolo Machiavelli was born at Florence on 3rd May 1469. He was the second son of Bernardo di Nicolo Machiavelli, a lawyer of some repute, and of Bartolommea di Stefano Nelli, his wife. Both parents were members of the old Florentine nobility.

His life falls naturally into three periods, each of which singularly enough constitutes a distinct and important era in the history of Florence. His youth was concurrent with the greatness of Florence as an Italian power under the guidance of Lorenzo de’ Medici, Il Magnifico. The down- fall of the Medici in Florence occurred in 1494, in which year Machiavelli entered the public service. During his official career Florence was free under the government of a Republic, which lasted until 1512, when the Medici returned to power, and Machiavelli lost his office. The Medici again ruled Florence from 1512 until 1527, when they were once more driven out. This was the period of Machiavelli’s literary activity and increasing influence; but he died, within a few weeks of the expulsion of the

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