The Prince by Machiavelli

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The Prince Essay The Renaissance was a time of great intellectual prosperity, beginning in the fourteenth century. Men began to express views that challenged the norm. One of the great minds of that day was Niccolo Machiavelli. He authored The Prince, which described the attributes and characteristics of a successful prince. I many ways, the views in his book represent Renaissance thought. One of the two key hallmarks of the Renaissance, hostility towards the Middle Ages, is prominent in The Prince. Both the Renaissance and The Prince promote deception to create a desired image. Patronization of the arts is also a common theme. When Europe finally emerged out of the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance, Europeans despised everything about the Middle Ages. In the Middle Ages, queens and kings were decided by “divine power” which opposes the notion of rulership in Machiavelli’s The Prince. Erasmus, another key player in the Renaissance, once stated, “Men are made, not born” which totally contradicts the idea of divine power. Another new idea Machiavelli developed in The Prince that goes against Middle age thought was to use soldiers that one possesses in their state, instead of using mercenaries or auxiliary soldiers. In the Renaissance, the humility of the Middle Ages was completely thrown out, only to be replaced with people wearing extravagant clothing and consuming themselves in their image. Machiavelli stresses this point in The Prince. He repeatedly describes how a prince does not necessarily have to be a compassionate or loving prince. As long as he can act the part, he will do well, and therefore succeed as a prince. In his book, Machiavelli writes that the politics of the royals were mostly showmanship, and not genuine concern for the title. The Renaissance was known for the arts. During this era in history countries, incredible artists, and
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