The Works of the Famous Nicolas Machiavel; Citizen and Secretary of Florence

The Works of the Famous Nicolas Machiavel; Citizen and Secretary of Florence

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1720 edition. Excerpt: ...sadly visited with a ContaiT gion, concluded it a fair opportunity to conquer it, and having betwixt'em raisied a powerful Army, they invaded the Latini, and Hernia'; over-ran most of their Country, and forc'd them to send to Rome for affistancer The Romaru return'd answer, that they should put themselves in Arms, and make as good defence as they could; for the Sickness was so raging, they could give them no relief. Which shews thegenerosity and wisdom ofthat Senate, That in all conditions, and under the greatest osif their Calamities never receded from its Majesty and Grandeur, -but at all times would have the disposal of the affairs ofits Subjects, and when necessity requind, made no scruple to command things contrary to their old ways of proceeding. This l say, because formerly the Senate had forbidden them to arm, upon any occasion whatever, -and perhaps another Council would have thought it derogatory to their Grandeur, to permit them to defend themselves: But this Senate was endued with admirable prudence, understood how things were to be taken, and rejected a and of two evils, how to make choice of the least. It troubled them much that they were not in condition to pro. tect them, -andit troubled them no less, That they would be forced to defend themselves, upor1_their own score without succours from Rome, yet finding there wasa neceffity ofit, the enemy being at their Gates', and threatning them with death, they re'tained their authority, and with great gravity sent them word to defend themselves' and raise what forces they could. This may seem but a common resolution, and what any other Commonwealths would have taken as well as that, -but weak and ill ordered Commonwealths cannot come off withso much honour. Duke Valentine more

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  • Paperback | 170 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236766288
  • 9781236766281