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Niccolo Machiavelli was born in Florence on May 3rd 1469 He received a humanistic education typical of the time and went on to become a banker in Rome He then returned to Florence in 1494 the same year the Medici family who had been the ruling family of Florence for decades lost their throne to Charles VIII of France In 1500 Machiavelli served as the diplomat of Florence to France and spent the following decade serving his state in 1512 the Medicis took back the throne and Machiavelli was soon after accused of participating in a conspiracy to restore the republic and as a result jailed and tortured When he was released he moved to the quiet town of St Andrea where he would come to write The Prince which he would offer as a gift to the current prince of Florence Lorenzo de Mecidi as proof of his devotion in an attempt to gain favor in his court He went on the write another political book Discourses The Art of War A poetic epic The Golden Ass and a comedic play The Mandrake Following the fall of the Medicis and reestablishment of the Florentine republic he continued to perform various tasks for the government hoping to regain his former stature be he was distrusted due to his service of the Medicis and never did He died in June 21 1527 The Prince is an examination of the nature of power in principalities and how one can exploit it to achieve his maximum political potential Through the course of the book Machiavelli discusses power over people dictatorial power power with the people and shared power He also defines two types of people the politically elite including princes kings and nobles and the general public He states in the first chapter of The Prince that it will not include republics because he had already done so in a previous book The thesis of the book is
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