13 Interesting Facts About Niccolo Machiavelli

6. Condemned by the Pope

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His book was condemned by the Pope Clement VIII. Apart from “The Prince”, Machiavelli also wrote books like “The Mandrake” which was a satire and the treaties on “The Art of War”.

7. He was a supporter of democracy

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Since he was a big believer of democracy, he was spited against by the monarchal rulers of those times. “Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others.” Quotes like this throw light on the fact that he was against tyrannical monarchical rule. In fact going by some of the major quotes in his literary work, one will notice that he has a satirical touch when it comes to describing the animosity of rulers. “Whoever conquers a free town and does not demolish it commits a great error and may expect to be ruined himself”, is another example.

8. He was a poet and a playwright

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Apart from being and exceptional novelist Niccolo Machiavelli was a very good poet as well. “Decennale Primo” and “Decennale Secondo” are some of the famous poems penned down by him. He also wrote Mandragola, also known as “The Mandrake” in 1518 which was a prose comedy. Clizia in 1525 was another prose comedy by him. His literary skills have been much debated upon, on the issue of coherence and originality. Many critics describe his work to be inconsistent. It is also noted that his thought on various topics changed over the years and that is reflected in his literary work.

9. His writings were diabolical

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He found fame as a writer of Political science. While his writing have been misinterpreted and argued upon. Those who believe that Machiavelli wrote in favor of monarchical rule, are of the opinion, that he favored unscrupulous and violent means of being in power and supported misuse of power. The clergy was not too happy with his work, but it was later 1782, when the greater edition of his work was released. It is from this period onwards that he is regarded as the founder of modern political science. His importance as a political writer grew thereafter. In “The Prince” the most treacherous acts by kings and Princes have been justified thus leading to more controversies hovering around his literary works.

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10. His treatment of Christian and Pagan patriarchs was the same

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If his works are properly scrutinized, then it will be noted that Niccolo Machiavelli believed that religion was man-made, and he did not make distinctions between Christians and Pagan religious heads. He did believe that religion was extremely important in ensuring public order, but often considered religious prophets as politicians. His take on religion in general is still ambiguous. However, it is regarded that he chose politic over religious powers.