England on Edge: Crisis and Revolution 1640-1642

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"Between 1513 and 1525 Niccolo Machiavelli wrote a series of works dealing with political, military, and historical matters. Historians of ideas have tended to tidy up the past in order to make it comprehensible but Sydney Anglo is concerned with heterogeneity and with the often irrational and emotional aspects of sixteenth-century thought. Basing his research entirely upon primary sources he quotes extensively in the conviction that, in a battle of words, the words themselves and their tone convey more than summaries of intellectual abstractions." Authors - hostile enthusiastic, and indifferent - are closely examined and many different contexts, political and intellectual, are considered. Sometimes Machiavelli was influential sometimes not, but in this history of his reception, silences often prove significant. Written in a lively and trenchant style, this new interpretation of the impact of Machiavelli is an original contribution by a leading expert in the field of Renaissance studies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199237630
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/7/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 462
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Born and educated in England, David Cressy has built his career in the United States. He taught British history in the Claremont Colleges in California, then at California State University, Long Beach, before moving to Ohio State University in 1998. He has earned major fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Huntington Library. He has made frequent visits to England as an Associate of Clare Hall, Cambridge, Visiting Fellow at Magdalen and St Catherine's Colleges, Oxford, and as an Overseas Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : problems regarding method 1
1 The earliest readers of Machiavelli : miscellaneous and military 17
2 Creative plagiarism : Agostino Nifo's De regnandi peritia 42
3 Early readers of Machiavelli : comment and discourse 85
4 A hostile cardinal : Reginald Pole and his Apologia 115
5 Osorio and Machiavelli : from open hostility to covert approbation 143
6 Machiavelli and the index of prohibited books 164
7 Machiavelli's keenest readers : the early translators 183
8 In praise of the Saint Bartholomew's day massacre 229
9 Innocent Gentillet and Machiavelli's 'maximes tyranniques' 271
10 In the wake of Gentillet : evolution of the 'Machiavel' stereotype in France and England 325
11 More Machiavellian than Machiavel : the Jesuits and the context of Donne's Conclave 374
12 Gentillet's final assault : the 'contre-Machiavel' of 1585 417
13 From sublime to ridiculous : some serious readers of Machiavelli 434
14 Writers on the art of war 477
15 Paradoxes on the reception of Machiavelli's military thinking 517
16 Systematic immorality : the courtier's art 573
17 Systematic fragmentation : the vogue of the political aphorism 630
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