Niccolo Machiavelli Influences

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Niccolo Machiavelli was born in Florence on 3rd May 1469. He was born into a family which was part of the old Florentine nobility. His father, Bernardo di Stefano Nelli, was a lawyer of some repute and his mother was Bartolommea di Stefano Nelli. He was a member of the ‘lawyer’s guild’ which influenced Florentine politics. His father, who had a love for literature and the arts had many powerful contacts in Florence’s political circles, which later provided Machiavelli a chance to enter the field of public service. Machiavelli’s life falls naturally into 3 periods - his youth (1469-94), his time in office (1494-1512) and finally his literature and death (1512-27). Each of these periods constitutes a distinct and important era in the history of Florence. Not much is known about Machiavelli’s early life. He seems to have received a typical education for a middle class boy, studying Latin and reading classic Greek and Roman authors. During…show more content…
These visits and experiences in foreign policy formed the basis of many of the principles he expressed in “The Prince” . He drew example from the great (and not so great) personalities that he interacted with. Machiavelli became acquainted with Pier Soderini who was named the head of the Florentine government in 1502. Machiavelli worked alongside the republic and helped the Florentine militia take over the neighbouring city of Pisa in 1509 after conflicts which had lasted for 15 years. This was the high point of Machiavelli’s political career. Florence was an ally of the French and Pope Julius II was trying to drive the French out of Italy. This put Florence’s relationship with the Pope and his spanish allies at odds. The backlash of this conflict was what resulted in the armies being sent to Florence to remove the Soderini
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