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by Niccolò Machiavelli
Niccolò Machiavelli Timeline and Summary
1469: Niccolò Machiavelli is born in Florence, Italy. The same year, Lorenzo 'Il Magnifico' de Medici comes to power. 1492: Lorenzo 'Il Magnifico' de Medici dies and his incompetent son, Piero, takes over. 1494: The Medici fall from power after the French invasion, and Florence is ruled by a republican government. 1498: Machiavelli becomes a head of the second chancery and secretary of the Dieci di Libertà e Pace, which deals with foreign relations and war. 1502: Machiavelli meets Cesare Borgia. Swoon! 1503: Machiavelli starts training the Florentine militia. 1509: The civilian army that Machiavelli had been training took Pisa, one-upping his idol Cesare. 1512: The republic falls, the Medicis return to power, and Machiavelli is out of a job. 1513: Machiavelli is arrested and lightly tortured. When he's released, he goes to his country home and starts writing The Prince. 1515: He gives The Prince to Lorenzo de' Medici. 1527: Niccolò Machiavelli dies. The same year, Rome is sacked by mercenary soldiers running amok. Machiavelli's ghost is not surprised. 1532: The Prince is finally published.