Five Hundred Years of Italian Scholarship on Machiavelli's Prince

  title={Five Hundred Years of Italian Scholarship on Machiavelli's Prince},
  author={Giovanni Giorgini},
  journal={The Review of Politics},
  pages={625 - 640}
Abstract Machiavelli's Prince circulated widely in manuscript form in Italy way before its publication in 1532. Its reception was mixed from the start: some readers found in it a frank, sometimes ironic, description for the benefit of the people of the evil means used by bad rulers; others read in it evil recommendations to tyrants to help them maintain their power. The history of the reception of the Prince in Italy discloses a book with many facets: the impious and amoral Machiavelli of the… Expand
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