Life of Castruccio Castracani of Lucca

Life of Castruccio Castracani of Lucca

by Niccolo Machiavelli
     
 

A charismatic warlord of the early fourteenth century, Castruccio Castracani came from humble beginnings as a foundling, and rose to become the most powerful man in Italy. In this Life, Machiavelli extols Castruccio's acute understanding of warfare and statecraft, and, whilst sparing no detail of his shrewd and often bloody tactics, he overturns our moral prejudice,… See more details below

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A charismatic warlord of the early fourteenth century, Castruccio Castracani came from humble beginnings as a foundling, and rose to become the most powerful man in Italy. In this Life, Machiavelli extols Castruccio's acute understanding of warfare and statecraft, and, whilst sparing no detail of his shrewd and often bloody tactics, he overturns our moral prejudice, depicting Castruccio as a popular centralising force. Machiavelli's hero is an ideal, a foreshadowing of the perfect leader established in his greatest works, The Prince and Discourses. The account is biased and glamorised, but selected passages from Machiavelli's Florentine Histories here contribute to providing a powerful, rounded portrait of the 'abandoned child' who became Italy's first unifier. Set amid the ferment and factionalism of early modern Italy, Life of Castruccio Castracani is a vivid, readable and action-packed account of the rise and fall of a very 'Machiavellian' Prince.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901843910649
Publisher:
Hesperus Press
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition

Table of Contents

Forewordvii
Introductionxi
Life of Castruccio Castracani1
Map of Castruccio's conquests in northern Italy2
Extract from the Florentine Histories41
Notes55
Historical note57
Biographical note63

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