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Niccolo Machiavelli was an Italian author and statesman one of the outstanding figures of the Renaissance and by far the most controversial political thinker However his political genius was overshadowed by the reputation that was unfairly given to him because of a misunderstanding of his views on politics Machiavelli dedicated his complete life to uniting Italy and making Florence its dominate force as a child he observed key political figures from afar Then he served over a decade in government public service and after being forced from his job he wrote many books on political theory By studying his youth government status and literature one can better understand the controversy of Niccolo Machiavelli Niccolo Machiavelli was born May 3rd 1469 in Florence Italy to Bernardo di Niccolo di Buoninsegna and Bartolomea da Nelli His father Bernardo belonged to an impoverished branch of an influential old Florentine family Bernardo was a lawyer and had a small library which included books by Greek and Roman philosophers and volumes of Italian history This Library is where Machiavelli molded many of his beliefs He described his life once I was born in poverty and at an early age learned how to endure hardship rather than florist At this point in his life the political scene was chaos and Girolamo Savonarola was the key political figure in this Savonarolist government It is believed that Machiavelli has some involvement in executing Savonarola and overthrowing this government Shortly after Savonarolas execution Machiavelli was appointed head of the new governments Second Chancery and secretary concerned with warfare and diplomacy His position quickly rose however and he was engaging on diplomatic missions He met many important people such as the Pope and the King of France however the person that impressed him the most was the Prince of the Papal States Cesare Borgia Borgia was a cunning and cruel man he was an able ruler who was ruthless and treacherous in war but a
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