Machiavelli - The First Century: Studies in Enthusiasm, Hostility, and Irrelevance

Hardcover | June 30, 2005

bySydney Anglo

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Between 1513 and 1525 Niccolo Machiavelli wrote a series of works dealing with political, military, and historical matters. One of these (the 'Arte della guerra') was published in 1521, but the rest of his major writings were not published until 1531-2, nearly five years after his death. Theycontinued to be reissued regularly, well into the early seventeenth century. The popularity of Machiavelli's books, the variety of his themes, the different contexts within which he was studied, the range of readers' interests, and the fact that his name entered the vocabulary of every Europeanlanguage - all make his early reception a fruitful field of enquiry. 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 hisresearch 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 andtrenchant style, this new interpretation of the impact of Machievalli is an original contribution of high quality by a leading expert in the field of Renaissance studies.

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Between 1513 and 1525 Niccolo Machiavelli wrote a series of works dealing with political, military, and historical matters. One of these (the 'Arte della guerra') was published in 1521, but the rest of his major writings were not published until 1531-2, nearly five years after his death. Theycontinued to be reissued regularly, well i...

Sydney Anglo is Professor Emeritus, Department of History, University of Wales, and was Chairman of the Society for Renaissance Studies 1986-89. His publications includeThe Great Tournament Roll of Westminster; (Clarendon Press, 1968), and Spectacle, Pageantry, and Early Tudor Policy (Oxford-Warburg Studies 1969, new edition 1997), a...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:800 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.85 inPublished:June 30, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: Problems Regarding MethodI. Early Readership1. The Earliest Readers of Machiavelli: Miscellaneous and Military2. Creative Plagiarism: Agostino Nifo's De regnandi peritia3. Early Readers of Machiavelli: Comment and Discourse4. A Hostile Cardinal: Reginald Pole and his Apologia5. Osorio and Machiavelli: From Open Hostility to Covert Approbation6. Machiavelli and the Index of Prohibited Books7. Machiavelli's Keenest Readers: The Early TranslatorsII. The Rhetoric of Hate8. In Praise of the Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre9. Innocent Gentillet and Machiavelli's 'Maximes tyranniques'10. In the Wake of Gentillet: Evolution of the 'Machiavel' Stereotype in France and England11. More Machiavellian than Machiavel: The Jesuits and the Context of Donne's ConclaveIII. Adaptation, Attack, Defence12. Gentillet's Final Assault: The 'Contre-Machiavel' of 158513. From Sublime to Ridiculous: Some Serious Readers of Machiavelli14. Writers on the Art of WarIV. Machiavelli and Non-Machiavelli15. Paradoxes on the Reception of Machiavelli's Military Thinking16. Systematic Immorality: The Courtier's Art17. Systematic Fragmentation: The Vogue of the Political AphorismEpilogueBibliographyIndex

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`Sydney Anglo raises the whole question of Machiavelli and his 'influence' to a totally new level. His arguments are powerful and persuasive.'Keith Thomas