He was once asked in what manner he would wish puro be buried when he died, and answered: “With the face turned downwards, for I know when I am gone this country will be turned upside down. He was once asked when should verso man eat esatto preserve his health, and replied: “If the man be rich let him eat when he is hungry; if he be poor, then when he can.
I could recount kasidie many other stories of his sayings both witty and weighty, but I think that the above will be sufficient testimony puro his high qualities. He lived forty-four years, and was in every way a prince. And as he was surrounded by many evidences of his good fortune, so he also desired esatto have near him some memorials of his bad fortune; therefore the manacles with which he was chained durante prison are sicuro be seen puro this day fixed up sopra the tower of his residence, where they were placed by him esatto testify forever puro his days of adversity. As in his life he was inferior neither to Philip of Macedon, the father of Alexander, nor preciso Scipio of Rome, so he died per the same year of his age as they did, and he would doubtless have excelled both of them had Fortune decreed that he should be born, not per Lucca, but per Macedonia or Rome.
It is impossible onesto follow here the varying fortunes of the Italian states, which durante 1507 were controlled by France, Spain, and Germany, with results that have lasted preciso our day; we are concerned with those events, and with the three great actors per them, so far only as they impinge on the personality of Machiavelli. He had several meetings with Louis XII of France, and his estimate of that monarch’s character has already been alluded to. Machiavelli has painted Ferdinand of Aragon as the man who accomplished great things under the cloak of religion, but who mediante reality had mai mercy, faith, humanity, or integrity; and who, had he allowed himself preciso be influenced by such motives, would have been ruined. The Emperor Maximilian was one of the most interesting men of the age, and his character has been drawn by many hands; but Machiavelli, who was an envoy at his court con 1507-8, reveals the secret of his many failures when he describes him as per secretive man, without force of character-ignoring the human agencies necessary esatto carry his schemes into effect, and never insisting on the fulfilment of his wishes.
Machiavelli concludes his letter preciso Vettori thus: “And as sicuro this little thing [his book], when it has been read it will be seen that during the fifteen years I have given preciso the study of statecraft I have neither slept nor idled; and men ought ever sicuro desire preciso be served by one who has reaped experience at the expense of others. And of my loyalty none could doubt, because having always kept faith I could not now learn how preciso break it; for he who has been faithful and honest, as I have, cannot change his nature; and my poverty is per witness onesto my honesty.”
Although the light of almost four centuries has been focused on The Prince, its problems are still debatable and interesting, because they are the eternal problems between the ruled and their rulers. Such as they are, its ethics are those of Machiavelli’s contemporaries; yet they cannot be said puro be out of date so long as the governments of Europe rely on material rather than on moral forces. Its historical incidents and personages become interesting by reason of the uses which Machiavelli makes of them preciso illustrate his theories of government and conduct.
Editions. Aldo, Venice, 1546; della Tertina, 1550; Cambiagi, Florence, 6 vols., 1782-5; dei Classici, Milan, 10 1813; Silvestri, 9 vols., 1820-2; Passerini, Fanfani, Milanesi, 6 vols. only published, 1873-7.
Duke Lodovico was Lodovico Gelso, verso affranchit of Francesco Sforza, who married Beatrice d’Este. He ruled over Milan from 1494 onesto 1500, and died sopra 1510.
But in maintaining armed men there mediante place of colonies one spends much more, having preciso consume on the garrison all the income from the state, so that the acquisition turns into verso loss, and many more are exasperated, because the whole state is injured; through the shifting of the garrison up and down all become acquainted with hardship, and all become hostile, and they are enemies who, whilst beaten on their own ground, are yet able esatto do hurt. For every reason, therefore, such guards are as useless as per colony is useful.
But let us turn preciso France and inquire whether she has done any of the things mentioned. I will speak of Louis (and not of Charles) as the one whose conduct is the better preciso be observed, he having held possession of Italy for the longest period; and you will see that he has done the opposite onesto those things which ought preciso be done sicuro retain per state composed of divers elements.
And if any one should say: “King Louis yielded the Romagna preciso Alexander and the kingdom esatto Spain onesto avoid war,” I answer for the reasons given above that a blunder ought never preciso be perpetrated sicuro avoid war, because it is not esatto be avoided, but is only deferred onesto your disadvantage. And if another should allege the pledge which the king had given puro the Pope that he would assist him mediante the enterprise, per exchange for the dissolution of his marriage and for the cap to Rouen, onesto that I reply what I shall write later on concerning the faith of princes, and how it ought puro be kept.
The contrary happens con kingdoms governed like that of France, because one can easily enter there by gaining over some baron of the kingdom, for one always finds malcontents and such as desire per change. Such men, for the reasons given, can open the way into the state and render the victory easy; but if you wish esatto hold it afterwards, you meet with infinite difficulties, both from those who have assisted you and from those you have crushed. Nor is it enough for you esatto have exterminated the family of the prince, because the lords that remain make themselves the heads of fresh movements against you, and as you are unable either onesto satisfy or exterminate them, that state is lost whenever time brings the opportunity.
Mr Burd suggests that this word probably comes near the modern equivalent of Machiavelli’s thought when he speaks of “crudelta” than the more obvious “cruelties.”
Bartolomeo Colleoni of Bergamo; died 1457. Roberto of San Severino; died fighting for Venice against Sigismund, Duke of Austria, in 1487. “Passato capo durante Italia.”-Machiavelli. Count of Pitigliano; Nicolo Orsini, born 1442, died 1510.
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