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Niccolò Machiavelli:
An Intellectual Biography
Corrado Vivanti
Translated by Simon MacMichael

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Preface vii

Part I. The Florentine Secretary 1
1. A Shadowy Period: The First Half of His Life 3
2. The Relationship with Savonarola 7
3. The Activity in the Chancery 11
4. The Correspondence with Functionaries of the Domain 19
5. Diplomatic Activity 24
6. The Experience of the Early Missions 28
7. Changes of Fortune and the Ghiribizzi al Soderino 36
8. The Florentine Ordinance 41
9. The Venetian Defeat and the Reconquest of Pisa 51
10. The End of the Republic and the Return of the Medici 58

Part II. Exile in His Homeland 69
11. The Confinement at Sant'Andrea 71
12. "I have composed a little work On Princedoms" 76
13. The "Myth" of The Prince 85
14. Frequenting the Orti Oricellari 103
15. An Original Comment on Livy 108
16. The Art of War 122

Part III. "Niccolò Machiavelli, Historian, comic writer, and tragic writer" 127
17. A New Season in Machiavelli's Life 129
18. A Return to Business 135
19. "The annals or the history of Florence" 143
20. "The things done at home and abroad by the Florentine people" 149
21. The Friendship with Guicciardini 168
22. Clizia and the Musical Madrigals 176
23. Final Act 180

Appendix: Notes on the Use of the Word Stato in Machiavelli 193
Notes 219
Index 255

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