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Niccolo Machiavelli an intelligent Florentine statesman a passionate philosopher and a great thinker in the turning point from Middle Ages to Modern World His name remains one of the most controversial names of political history today Machiavelli was born in Florence Italy on May 3 1469 He was the second son of Bernardo di Niccolo Machiavelli a lawyer and Bartolommea di Stefano Nelli his wife His family had been counted among the wealthy and prominent of the city from the 13th century onward Britt Online His intelligence was seen throughout his life by on lookers Little is known of his early life but he might have been involved in overthrowing the Savonarolist government in 1498 He lived a nondescript childhood in Florence learning more in the books in the luxury of his home than he did at school Britt Online His main political experience in his youth was watching Savonarola from afar Soon after Savonarola was executed Machiavelli entered the Florentine government He was the second in command being secretary of the Ten of Bal and serving in the chancellery of the Florentine republic Gilbert His position quickly rose and he was soon engaging in diplomatic missions He met many of the important politicians of his day such as the Pope and the King of France but none had more impact on him than a prince of the Papal States Cesare Borgia Borgia was a cunning cruel man Machiavelli did not like Borgias ways but he thought that with a ruler like Borgia the Florentines could unite Italy which was Machiavellis goal throughout his life He had a passion for doing what he felt his heart led him During the Renaissance Italy was a scene of intense political conflict involving Florence Milan Venice and Naples Spain and the Holy Roman Empire These cities attempted to protect themselves by playing the larger powers off against each other The result was massive political intrigue blackmail and violence
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