13 Interesting Facts About Niccolo Machiavelli

11. He was appreciated worldwide after his death

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Niccolo Machiavelli was a writer who was disregarded for his thought during his age, but as the society grew he became more and more popular globally. However, in the Elizabethan period, Machiavelli was regarded as a villain and evil from 1558 to 1603, because it was believed that his thoughts were immoral. Later on, light was shed on the fact, Machiavelli was emphasizing loyalty to the kingdom, without writing on any kind of political morality. It was the misinterpreted translation of his work by Simon Patericke, where he blamed Machiavelli for the death of Saint Bartholomew’s massacre. Other playwrights became his enemies and wrote books against him which lead to him becoming infamous especially in England. He was blamed of murder, poison violence and deception. Later his literary work started to be read extensively in other parts of Europe and he gained a lot of recognition. Particularly Machiavelli the Prince was much appreciated, and came to be known as a guide for politicians and senators globally. It is in the 19th century when Machiavelli’s works were properly interpreted and represented.

12. His death

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In the later years of his life Machiavelli lived in a small village in Florence. On June 21st 1527, he bid adieu to the world. His tomb is located in Florence at Santa Croce. One of the more interesting Niccolo Machiavelli facts is that he was not allowed to visit Santa Corce in the later years of his life when he was banished by the Medici family who came into power. He was 58 years of age when he died a natural death.

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13. Power is the mainstay of most of his books

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Because his books concentrated so much on political power, his works became really popular amongst senators and politicians who came to power much later his death.

Niccolo Machiavelli is a very prominent figure in Italian history. The fact that his literary works were very modern in terms of approach is the reason why, his thoughts came into acceptance much later after he died. He was a visionary political thinker who was clearly misinterpreted during his time. Machiavelli’s quotes like “I’m not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it”, show that he was more of an aggressive ruler.