13 Interesting Facts About Niccolo Machiavelli

“Men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand, for everyone can see and few can feel. Everyone sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are.” – Niccolo Machiavelli. Formally known as Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli, Niccolo Machiavelli was an infamous man, he was an Italian politician, diplomat, writer, humanist and philosopher during the Renaissance. People often term him as the founder of modern political science. Here are a few interesting Niccolo Machiavelli facts listed below.

1. His family

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Machiavelli was born to Bernado and Bartolomea on the 3rd of May 1469 in Florence which is in Italy. He had three sibling; two sisters and one brother. His family put a lot of emphasis on quality education, and his writings bear testimony to the fact that he was an avid reader and mostly read classics.

2. His early life

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From the year 1487 to the year 1495 he was working under a banker. Later on in 1498 he was named the chancellor, and the chief executive officer of the government of Florence. During his tenure as the chancellor, he conducted 23 diplomatic missions; apart from that his job required him to carry out policy decisions, writing and reading reports plus, writing of diplomatic letters to other states.

3. His married life

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He married Marietta Corsini in the year 1502, and was a father to four sons and two daughters. Most of his letters were saved by his grandson Giovanni Ricci.

4. His dark years

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Niccolo Machiavelli attempted to organize a Florentine militia against the Medici family but unfortunately all his plans failed and he was banished, tortured and stayed away from active politics.

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5. His book “The Prince”

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During his time away from politics Machiavelli turned to writing. Machiavelli The Prince, is termed as a handbook for politicians. While many believe it was a satire on ruthless ruling, others are of the opinion that the book was based on the life of king Cesare Borgia. In this book he wrote about Monarchical rule, and how self-serving and ruthless it could be, thus leading to the emergence of the term Machiavellian.