In his letter he deplores his idle state, offering his precious political experience to the new lord. In , he was invited to Lucca for a mission of a semiprivate character, indicating that the ostracism was to be lifted. At the end of that year, Giulio Cardinal de Medici commissioned him to write a history of Florence. Although this was not exactly the charge he desired, Machiavelli accepted it as the only possible way to come back into the grace of the Medici. The wage for the appointment was not large 57 florins per year, later increased to
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Shelves: history , medieval , politics , italy 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 beginning, the main discussion begins with the year , when the Guelphs and the Ghibellines went to war Interestingly, was also the year when the celebrated Magna Carta was signed , and ended in 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.
Machiavelli is undoubtedly known for his masterpiece, the Prince, which makes it hard for people to look at this book without thinking about the other. The fact is that Machiavelli not only expressed much of the same idea in this book, he also used extensive historical figures and events as powerful references to his theories. What really sets this book apart from all contemporary history books is its focus on the causation, instead of effects of events.
Most medieval historians held the mainstream belief that all events were necessarily caused by divine will, hence there was simply no motivation to explore the causation. Machiavelli rejected such belief and focused exclusively on the causes of the political struggles and transition of powers within Florence.
This attitude was itself a Renaissance achievement. In addition, Machiavelli was clearly not a fan of the Pope and the entire apparatus of Roman Curia; yet differing from other critics, Machiavelli tactically pointed out that the corrupted Roman Catholic Chruch was the main cause of all wars, conflicts, and instabilities in Europe -- the direct opposite to which they asserted to themselves.
This daring and insightful opinion immediately reminds people of the spirit of the Protestant Reformation decades later; in that sense, Machiavelli was also an ideological prophet of the Reformation. The book was overall an enjoyable read and it deserves a lot more attention than it currently has.
If, however, you would struggle to locate certain castles of great strategic importance in Tuscany or Lombardy on a map in a vain effort to follow the course of the narrative, my advice to you is to stick with "The Prince.
John Adams, in particular, was moved to write essays debating as it were Machiavelli.
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ISTORIE FIORENTINE (History of Florence) – Machiavelli