He was once asked durante what manner he would wish to be buried when he died, and answered: “With the face turned downwards, for I know when I am gone this country will be turned upside down. He was once asked when should verso man eat sicuro preserve his health, and replied: “If the man be rich let him eat when he is hungry; if he be poor, then when he can.

I could recount many other stories of his sayings both witty and weighty, but I think that the above will be sufficient testimony sicuro his high qualities. He lived forty-four years, and was per every way a prince. And as he was surrounded by many evidences of his good fortune, so he also desired esatto have near him some memorials of his bad fortune; therefore the manacles with which he was chained con prison are preciso be seen puro this day fixed up in the tower of his residence, where they were placed by him esatto testify forever puro his days of adversity. As per his life he was inferior neither esatto Philip of Macedon, the father of Alexander, nor preciso Scipio of Rome, so he died mediante the same year of his age as they did, and he would doubtless have excelled both of them had Fortune decreed that he should be born, not muzmatch mediante Lucca, but per Macedonia or Rome.

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It is impossible to follow here the varying fortunes of the Italian states, which per 1507 were controlled by France, Spain, and Germany, with results that have lasted puro our day; we are concerned with those events, and with the three great actors in them, so far only as they impinge on the personality of Machiavelli. He had several meetings with Louis XII of France, and his estimate of that monarch’s character has already been alluded preciso. Machiavelli has painted Ferdinand of Aragon as the man who accomplished great things under the cloak of religion, but who durante reality had per niente mercy, faith, humanity, or integrity; and who, had he allowed himself puro be influenced by such motives, would have been ruined. The Emperor Maximilian was one of the most interesting men of the age, and his character has been drawn by many hands; but Machiavelli, who was an envoy at his court con 1507-8, reveals the secret of his many failures when he describes him as verso secretive man, without force of character-ignoring the human agencies necessary to carry his schemes into effect, and never insisting on the fulfilment of his wishes.

Machiavelli concludes his letter onesto Vettori thus: “And as sicuro this little thing [his book], when it has been read it will be seen that during the fifteen years I have given sicuro the study of statecraft I have neither slept nor idled; and men ought ever puro desire to be served by one who has reaped experience at the expense of others. And of my loyalty none could doubt, because having always kept faith I could not now learn how esatto break it; for he who has been faithful and honest, as I have, cannot change his nature; and my poverty is verso witness to my honesty.”

Although the light of almost four centuries has been focused on The Prince, its problems are still debatable and interesting, because they are the eternal problems between the ruled and their rulers. Such as they are, its ethics are those of Machiavelli’s contemporaries; yet they cannot be said puro be out of date so long as the governments of Europe rely on material rather than on moral forces. Its historical incidents and personages become interesting by reason of the uses which Machiavelli makes of them onesto illustrate his theories of government and conduct.

Editions. Aldo, Venice, 1546; della Tertina, 1550; Cambiagi, Florence, 6 vols., 1782-5; dei Classici, Milan, 10 1813; Silvestri, 9 vols., 1820-2; Passerini, Fanfani, Milanesi, 6 vols. only published, 1873-7.


Duke Lodovico was Lodovico Gelso, verso bourdonnement of Francesco Sforza, who married Beatrice d’Este. He ruled over Milan from 1494 onesto 1500, and died con 1510.

But in maintaining armed men there con place of colonies one spends much more, having preciso consume on the garrison all the income from the state, so that the acquisition turns into verso loss, and many more are exasperated, because the whole state is injured; through the shifting of the garrison up and down all become acquainted with hardship, and all become hostile, and they are enemies who, whilst beaten on their own ground, are yet able puro do hurt. For every reason, therefore, such guards are as useless as verso colony is useful.

But let us turn to France and inquire whether she has done any of the things mentioned. I will speak of Louis (and not of Charles) as the one whose conduct is the better onesto be observed, he having held possession of Italy for the longest period; and you will see that he has done the opposite sicuro those things which ought preciso be done sicuro retain per state composed of divers elements.

And if any one should say: “King Louis yielded the Romagna esatto Alexander and the kingdom sicuro Spain puro avoid war,” I answer for the reasons given above that verso blunder ought never onesto be perpetrated puro avoid war, because it is not to be avoided, but is only deferred preciso your disadvantage. And if another should allege the pledge which the king had given puro the Pope that he would assist him per the enterprise, con exchange for the dissolution of his marriage and for the cap esatto Rouen, puro that I reply what I shall write later on concerning the faith of princes, and how it ought to be kept.

The contrary happens in kingdoms governed like that of France, because one can easily enter there by gaining over some baron of the kingdom, for one always finds malcontents and such as desire per change. Such men, for the reasons given, can open the way into the state and render the victory easy; but if you wish preciso hold it afterwards, you meet with infinite difficulties, both from those who have assisted you and from those you have crushed. Nor is it enough for you esatto have exterminated the family of the prince, because the lords that remain make themselves the heads of fresh movements against you, and as you are unable either onesto satisfy or exterminate them, that state is lost whenever time brings the opportunity.

Mr Burd suggests that this word probably comes near the modern equivalent of Machiavelli’s thought when he speaks of “crudelta” than the more obvious “cruelties.”


Bartolomeo Colleoni of Bergamo; died 1457. Roberto of San Severino; died fighting for Venice against Sigismund, Duke of Austria, con 1487. “Antecedente guida per Italia.”-Machiavelli. Count of Pitigliano; Nicolo Orsini, born 1442, died 1510.