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Machiavelli and Mystery of State

Machiavelli and Mystery of State

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  • Date Published: August 1992
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521437905

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  • This book studies the intersection of sacred and secular conceptions of kingship in the Renaissance. The book documents in detail six instances of the attempt to connect Machiavelli's thought to an ancient and secret tradition of political counsel, the arcana imperii, or mysteries of state. The ways in which Renaissance writers attempted such a connection varied widely. In addition to carefully analyzing these arguments, the book documents patterns in their dissemination. Through his connection with mysteries of state, Machiavelli influenced not only Renaissance political ideas, but the transmission of these ideas. Machiavellian politics was a secret art; its vehicles, frequently secret books; and its authors and readers, sharers in a mystery.

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    "I definitely recommend this book, not only to the scholarly specialist in the history of ideas, literature and political thought but to anyone who at some time has been intrigued by Machiavelli and the Machiavellian tradition." Times Higher Education Supplement

    "Donaldson is straightforward, easy to use as reference, but still sophisticated in his thesis and presentation....Donaldson's work remains an attractive interpretation of Machiavelli's impact on the secular and sacred view of kingship in western Europe." Canadian Journal of History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 1992
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521437905
    • length: 242 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Machiavelli and Antichrist: prophetic typology in Reginald Pole's De Unitate and Apologia ad Carolum Quintum
    2. Bishop Gardiner, Machiavellian
    3. John Wolfe, Machiavelli, and the republican arcana in sixteenth-century England
    4. Machiavelli and the arcana imperii
    5. Gabriel Naudé: magic and Machiavelli
    6. Biblical Machiavellism: Louis Machon's Apologie pour Machiavel

  • Author

    Peter S. Donaldson

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