The Life of Castruccio Castracani of Lucca

The Life of Castruccio Castracani of Lucca

by Niccolo Machiavelli
     
 

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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,

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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:
9781605012629
Publisher:
MobileReference
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Series:
Mobi Classics
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
104 KB

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