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FC: Niccolo Machiavelli By :Mary Yavelak

2: On May 3rd 1469, Bernardo and Bartolomea were blessed with a baby boy named Niccolo Machiavelli. Little did they know their son would one day change the perspective of many people on pollitical issues.

3: Bernardo was a lawyer and small landowner with a small salary who resided in Florence, Italy. He raised his son in the same town.

4: At the age of seven, Niccolo's father started teaching him grammer, rhetoric, and latin. Niccolo was very bright when he was younger and he continued to be bright for the rest of his life.

5: He was so bright that he was named chancellor, which is a secretary to a nobleman, prince, or king. Being a chancellor was a great honor for Niccolo.

6: Like many people, Niccolo wanted to have a family. He married Marietta Corsini, a woman of exalted social status which was equal or greater than his own.

7: Together, Marietta and Niccolo had 6 children. Four were boys and two were girls. These children carried the Machiavelli name.

8: The Medici family overthrew the Republic of Florence. This dismissed Machiavelli from his job and he was unemployed.

9: The Medici family suspected that Machivelli had it out for them. They were furious and they demanded that somebody stop him before he did harm to them.

10: Because of the suspicion, Machivelli was put in prison, beaten, and he was treated like a true criminal.

11: Machiavelli decided that since he could no longer follow his political dream, he would turn to writing literature. He started writing his pollitical ideas down into a book.

12: While he was imprisoned, Niccolo composed his political thoughts into a piece of writing and he titled it The Prince.

13: The Prince is described as a practical guide for ruling, and that is very obvious. It describes traits that a Prince should have in order to succeed, and what he should do.

14: Niccolo Machiavelli dedicated this book to the one and only Lorenzo de’ Medici, the ruler of Florence, as an attempt to gain back his favor.

15: He wrote it as an advisory to leaders on how to keep the power once it it theirs; in other words, he was telling them how to rule well.

16: Everybody thought that Niccolo was an evil man because of his ideas in The Prince. They made fun of him and didn't listen to his ideas.

17: Niccolo Machiavelli continued to write poems, plays, songs, and such. Some other books he wrote were The Art of War and The Discourse on the First Ten Books of Titus Livy.

18: As time went on, Niccolo returned to the favor of the Medici family, and they were finally at peace. He was even asked by Leo X to draw up his report on a reform of the state of Florence.

19: Sadly, Niccolo Machiavelli died on June 21 1527 because of his health that had been declining for quite awhile. The Prince was not published until 5 years later.

21: “The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.” -Niccolo Machiaveli

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