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Machiavelli

His Life and Times

Alexander Lee

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A comprehensive, authoritative and highly original portrait of one of history's most unjustly infamous characters.
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"a tribute to our better natures"

The Guardian

Machiavelli: His Life and Times A01 By (author) N Alexander Lee 240 153 61 1113 BB Hardback 768 Picador Pan Macmillan London United Kingdom BGH Biography: historical, political & military HBJD European history HBLH Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700 3JB c 1500 to c 1600 1DST Italy 1.3 DNBH DNBL NHD Biography: historical, political & military Biography: literary European history 1DST-IT-TSF 3KLY-IT-E 3MDB Florence Italy: Renaissance (c 1400 to c 1499) Early 16th century c 1500 to c 1550 A comprehensive, authoritative and highly original portrait of one of history's most unjustly infamous characters. 'A wonderfully assured and utterly riveting biography that captures not only the much-maligned Machiavelli, but also the spirit of his time and place. A monumental achievement.' - Jessie Childs, author of God's Traitors. 'A notorious fiend', 'generally odious', 'he seems hideous, and so he is.' Thanks to the invidious reputation of his most famous work, The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli exerts a unique hold over the popular imagination. But was Machiavelli as sinister as he is often thought to be? Might he not have been an infinitely more sympathetic figure, prone to political missteps, professional failures and personal dramas? Alexander Lee reveals the man behind the myth, following him from cradle to grave, from his father's penury and the abuse he suffered at a teacher's hands, to his marriage and his many affairs (with both men and women), to his political triumphs and, ultimately, his fall from grace and exile. In doing so, Lee uncovers hitherto unobserved connections between Machiavelli's life and thought. He also reveals the world through which Machiavelli moved: from the great halls of Renaissance Florence to the court of the Borgia pope, Alexander VI, from the dungeons of the Stinche prison to the Rucellai gardens, where he would begin work on some of his last great works. As much a portrait of an age as of a uniquely engaging man, Lee's gripping and definitive biography takes the reader into Machiavelli's world - and his work - more completely than ever before. The result is a life of Machiavelli that must surely be definitive in its faithfulness to the man and his experience of his time . . . Lee presents a novel interpretation of his subject's thinking. -- John Gray * New Statesman * A superb work of scholarship, securely grounded in the turbulent Italy of Machiavelli's day, and unflinchingly truthful. Machiavelli's letters and papers are so plangent and lively, it is tempting to go easy on him. Lee is fond of his subject, but not indulgent. -- Ferdinand Mount * Prospect * Alexander Lee's Machiavelli: His Life and Times sets a wholly new standard for English-language biographies of the Florentine thinker, synthesising recent academic research and placing his subject in a vividly described context of Renaissance society and everyday life -- Tony Barber * Financial Times * His life and times are presented in their complex, contradictory fullness, as is Machiavelli himself . . . Lee is to be especially applauded for his even-handed treatment of a controversial historical figure. -- Joanne Paul * BBC History Magazine * [A] weighty and impressively detailed biography -- Michael Prodger * The Times * [T]he definitive book on Machiavelli -- Christopher Hart * Sunday Times * A fine new biography. -- Simon Heffer * Telegraph * A wonderfully assured and utterly riveting biography that captures not only the much-maligned Machiavelli, but also the spirit of his time and place. A monumental achievement. -- Jessie Childs, author of God's Traitors Detailed, accessible and authoritative . . . an utterly absorbing month-by-month, often day-by-day account of Machiavelli's life and career. -- John Guy * Literary Review * Alexander Lee is a research fellow at the University of Warwick. He is the author of four acclaimed books, most recently Humanism and Empire: The Imperial Ideal in Fourteenth-Century Italy. He writes a regular column for History Today, and has contributed articles on a wide variety of historical and cultural subjects to the Sunday Telegraph, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, the New Statesman, the Times Literary Supplement, and Dissent, and has frequently appeared on BBC television and radio, ITV, Central Television and Sky News. He lives in France. 19032020 02 RRP including tax GB GBP 30.00 0.00 30.00 This price includes a tax element GB 20 Available 6 BERT GARD Y

'A wonderfully assured and utterly riveting biography that captures not only the much-maligned Machiavelli, but also the spirit of his time and place. A monumental achievement.' - Jessie Childs, author of God's Traitors.

'A notorious fiend', 'generally odious', 'he seems hideous, and so he is.'

Thanks to the invidious reputation of his most famous work, The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli exerts a unique hold over the popular imagination. But was Machiavelli as sinister as he is often thought to be? Might he not have been an infinitely more sympathetic figure, prone to political missteps, professional failures and personal dramas?

Alexander Lee reveals the man behind the myth, following him from cradle to grave, from his father's penury and the abuse he suffered at a teacher's hands, to his marriage and his many affairs (with both men and women), to his political triumphs and, ultimately, his fall from grace and exile. In doing so, Lee uncovers hitherto unobserved connections between Machiavelli's life and thought. He also reveals the world through which Machiavelli moved: from the great halls of Renaissance Florence to the court of the Borgia pope, Alexander VI, from the dungeons of the Stinche prison to the Rucellai gardens, where he would begin work on some of his last great works.

As much a portrait of an age as of a uniquely engaging man, Lee's gripping and definitive biography takes the reader into Machiavelli's world - and his work - more completely than ever before.

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Book publisherPan Macmillan
Publication date19 Mar 2020
FormatHardback
Pages768
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