Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 - 1527) was a quintessential Renaissance man. Interested in music, poetry and theatre, he was above all a diplomat and a historian. He is most famous for his treatise The Prince, which has become a cornerstone of modern political thought.
We are much beholden to Machiavelli and others, that write what men do, and not what they ought to do. - Francis Bacon</p> Machiavelli is a pivotal figure in the history of political thought. His views of human nature, society and government mark a break with medieval philosophy and sixteenth-century political thought based on assumptions about God s purposes for man. - <i>New Statesman</i></p> Machiavelli was a pioneer of political science. He was a republican and a patriot. His prose style was as clear as Julius Caesar s. He was a literary genius. - <i>The Times</i></p> In his 1513 work, The Prince, Machiavelli created a monster that has haunted politics ever since . . . The Prince is not a practical advice manual aimed at any specific individual rather it creates a fantastic creature, a kind of armoured colossus bestriding (and in Machiavelli s precocious dream, uniting) Italy. - <i>The Guardian</i></p>