Machiavelli and Botticelli Movies to Hit the Screen in 2016

Machiavelli The Prince by Lorenzo Raveggi.

Machiavelli and Botticelli are set to hit screens in 2016. We sat down to chat with Italian director, Lorenzo Raveggi about his two ambitious projects.

CONFERENCES: Renaissance Drinking Culture and Renaissance Drinking Vessels

Renaissance Tazza cup

This paper took a closer look at Renaissance drinking vessels and drinking culture and examined the types of vessels commonly used in Italy and the Netherlands during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

Machiavelli: The Graphic Novel

machiavelli graphic novel

A project to create a print version of a graphic novel depicting the life of the Italian politician and philosopher Machiavelli has successfully reached its fundraising goals.

Prophetic Statebuilding: Machiavelli and the Passion of the Duke

Cesare & Machiavelli

My interpretation of Machiavelli’s use of Borgia highlights the biblical resonances of Machiavelli’s account of the rise and fall of this exemplary new prince—a prince whom both his subjects and the Florentine himself call by the exalted title “Duke Valentino.”

BOOKS: The Feuding Families of Medieval and Renaissance Italy

The House of Medici - Its Rise and Fall

Put down the Godfather, turn off the Sorpanos, and check out the real Italian families of Medieval and Renaissance Italy!

Game of Thrones and Machiavelli

Game of Thrones machiavelli

Megan Cavell reports on the lecture ‘Power is a Curious Thing: Game of Thrones as a Machiavellian Mirror for Princes’ given by Janice Liedl

Machiavelli: Theories on Liberty, Religion, and The Original Constitution


Machiavelli: Theories on Liberty, Religion, and The Original Constitution Erin Bos Oklahoma Christian University Journal of Historical Studies, Tau Sigma Journal of Historical Studies: Vol.21 (2013) Abstract Machiavellian qualities are often described as conniving or corrupt. Niccolò Machiavelli coined the idea of power-hungry, unremorseful princes in his book, The Prince. However, Machiavelli’s true political theory can […]

How Machiavellian was Machiavelli?

How Machiavellian was Machiavelli?

Professor Quentin Skinner gave a public lecture at the University of York, on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the composition of Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince.

Rule by Natural Reason: Late Medieval and early Renaissance conceptions of political corruption

Francesco Guicciardini

This paper argues that, from about the eleventh century CE, a new and distinctive model of corruption accompanied the rediscovery and increased availability of a number of classical texts and ideals, particularly those of Cicero and the Roman Jurists.

500-year-old arrest warrant for Machiavelli discovered

Machiavelli arrest warrant - photo courtesy University of Manchester

The original copy of a proclamation – exactly 500-years old – calling for the arrest of Niccolò Machiavelli has been discovered by a British historian.

Shakespeare’s Richard II: Machiavelli for the Good of England

Richard II

The name Machiavelli has negative connotations, and this way of thinking is not new. Throughout Europe, in Shakespeare’s time and earlier, Machiavellianism was associated with unscrupulous abuse of power, and Machiavellian methods were seen as immoral and evil.

Reading Machiavelli Rhetorically: The Prince as Covert Critique of the Renaissance Prince


In this essay, classical rhetorical theory is applied to show that Machiavelli’s Prince was not intended as advice for a prince, nor as “political science,” but rather as a very subtle, but nevertheless powerful, critique of the Italian princes of his day, the Medici included.

Machiavelli on Christian Education


My primary point is not to vindicate Christian education as good for the well-being of cities but to complicate the assumptions of the civil religion approach by examining Machiavelli’s reflections on human character and psychology.

‘Guelphs! Faction, Liberty and Sovereignty: Inquiries about the Quattrocento’

political thought

Such an approach has not always been the obvious one, as the centuries- long debate about the nature of the Italian noble (or magnate) and Popolo fac- tions suggests. Gaetano Salvemini’s 1899 interpretation of Florentine political conflict in the thirteenth century as the clash between two groups with distinct socio-economic characters and political programmes was probably as much indebted to Machiavelli as to the author’s socialist beliefs

The Originality of Machiavelli


There is evidently something peculiarly disturbing about what Machiavelli said or implied, something that has caused profound and lasting uneasiness.

The Place of the Tyrant in Machiavelli’s Political Thought and the Literary Genre of the Prince


When Machiavelli put in writing his thoughts on government, he was the heir of this long-established tradition of reflection on tyranny…

The Political Ideas of Machiavelli: A Fresh Look


The early sixteenth century marked a watershed period for political writings on the art of governing.

Niccolo Machiavelli – the Cunning Critic of Political Reason


Is Machiavelli’s lasting reputation as the philosopher-king of political manipulation really justified?

Towards Modernity and Absolute Power: Interpretation of Kingship in

Fernando III of Castile

Towards Modernity and Absolute Power: Interpretation of Kingship in The Book of the Twelve Wise Men and The Seven Books of Law McLean, Benjamin Transcultural Studies: A Series in Interdisciplinary Research,Volumes 2-3 (2006-7) Abstract In Castile (Spain) of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, one finds signs of a vigorous debate on the nature and limits […]

“A Vile, Infamous, Diabolical Treaty”: The Franco-Ottoman Alliance of Francis I and the Eclipse of the Christendom Ideal

“A Vile, Infamous, Diabolical Treaty”: The Franco-Ottoman Alliance of Francis I and the Eclipse of the Christendom Ideal Piccirillo, Anthony Carmen (Georgetown University) Senior Honors Thesis in History, Georgetown University, May (2009) Abstract In June of 1544, the Turkish fleet arrived at the island of Lipari thirty kilometers north of Sicily. The Ottoman admiral Khair-Eddin […]

The Borgias: “The Borgias in Love”, SE01 EP05

Cesare & Ursula - The Borgias

“The Borgias In Love” Cesare pursues Baroness Ursula, while Lucrezia falls in love with the stable boy and plots against her brutish husband. Political plots thicken as Cardinal Della Rovere takes his cause to the Duke of Milan, Cesare courts Niccolo Machiavelli for an alliance and Rodrigo makes plans to marry off Juan and Gioffre. […]

Rivers and Humans: The Civilizing Project of Leonardo da Vinci and Niccoló Machiavelli

Neither man spoke about in his notebooks, letters or diaries. But out of the brainstorming at Imola emerged a project which was as momentous as it was daring

The Borgias: SE01 EP01/EP01 – “The Poisoned Chalice/The Assassin”

Borgias Family

The House of Borgias The Borgias were a Spanish papal family who rose to prominence through their involvement in ecclesiastical and political affairs during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. They were made famous for their corruption through Rodrigo Borgias,  who became Pope in 1492. Rodrigo was said to have bought his way to the papal […]


Ivan the Terrible

IVAN IV: A MACHIAVELLIAN TSAR Carswell, Robyn E. Historia, Vol.15 (2006) Abstract Dating back to Riurik, Russia has always had strong leaders who stopped at nothing to ensure the success of the throne. With a couple of noted exceptions, the rulers had the luxury of growing up witnessing the rule of their fathers. Ivan IV had no […]

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