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The Prince

 

Author: Nicolo Machiavelli

 

Translator: W. K. Marriott  

 

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

 

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Political Bell Curve

Introduction

 

Youth Aet. 1-25—1469-94 

 

Office Aet. 25-43—1494-1512 

 

Literature and Death Aet. 43-58—1512-27 

 

The Man and His Works

 

Dedication

 

Chapter I    How Many Kinds of Principalities There Are, and by What Means They Are Acquired

 

Chapter II    Concerning Hereditary Principalities

 

Chapter III    Concerning Mixed Principalities

 

Chapter IV    Why the Kingdom of Darius, Conquering by Alexander, Did Not Rebel Against the Successors of Alexander at His Death

 

Chapter V    Concerning the Way to Govern Cities or Principalities Which Lived Under Their Own Laws Before They Were Annexed

 

Chapter VI    Concerning New Principalities Which Are Acquired by One's Own Arms and Ability

 

Chapter VII    Concerning New Principalities Which Are Acquired Concerning Those Who Have Obtained a Principality by Wickedness

 

Chapter VIII    Concerning Those Who Have Obtained a Principality by Wickedness

 

Chapter    IX Concerning A Civil Principality

 

Chapter X    Concerning the Way in Which the Strength of All Principalities Ought to be Measured

 

Chapter XI    Concerning Ecclesiastical Principalities 

 

Chapter XII    How Many Kinds of Soldiery There Are, and Concerning Mercenaries

 

Chapter XIII    Concerning Auxiliaries, Mixed Soldiery, and Ones Own 

 

Chapter XIV    That Which Concerns a Prince on the Subject of War 

 

Chapter XV    Concerning Things for Which Men, and Especially Princes, Are Praised or Blamed  

 

Chapter XVI    Concerning Liberality and Meanness

 

Chapter XVII    Concerning Cruelty and Clemency, and Whether it is Better to be Loved Than Feared 

 

Chapter XVIII    Concerning the Way in Which Princes Should Keep Faith 

 

Chapter XIX    That One Should Avoid Being Despised and Hated 

 

Chapter XX    Are Fortresses, and Many Other Things to Which Princes Often Resort, Advantageous or Hurtful? 

 

Chapter XXI    How a Prince Should Conduct Himself So as to Gain Renown 

 

Chapter XXII    Concerning the Secretaries of Princes

 

Chapter XXIII    How Flatterers Should Be Avoided

 

Chapter XXIV   Why the Princes of Italy Have Lost Their States 

 

Chapter XXV    What Fortune Can Effect In Human Affairs and How to Withstand Her

 

Chapter XXVI    An Exhortation to Liberate Italy From the Barbarians 

 

Description of the Methods Adopted By the Duke Valentino When Murdering Vitellozzo Vitelli, Oliverotto Da Fermo, the Signor Pagolo, and the Duke Di Gravina Orsini

 

The Life of Castruccio Castracani of Lucca 

 

 

 

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