The Day the Renaissance Was Saved:The Battle of Anghiari and da Vinci´s Lost Masterpiece Niccolo Capponi
Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) lehrte, dass Politiker bereit sein müssen, unmoralisch zu handeln. Sein Name ist Inbegriff von Skrupellosigkeit, List und Heuchelei. Was steckt hinter diesem schlechten Ruf? Welche Ansichten hat Machiavelli wirklich vertreten? Diese Fragen beantwortet Quentin Skinner, indem er die Hauptwerke ´´Der Fürst´´, ´´Discorsi´´ und ´´Geschichte von Florenz´´ im Kontext der Frühen Neuzeit liest. Machiavelli war ein Exponent der humanistischen Tradion des klassischen Republikanismus. Die originellsten Aspekte seiner politischen Anschauungen lassen sich indes als eine Reihe polemischer und satirischer Reaktionen auf jene Tradition verstehen.
Explains the historical background of Machiavelli´s life and the political context within which he wrote The Prince. Discusses lingering controversies surrounding Machiavelli and his work, including whether The Prince was intended as a satire or an effort to spark a rebellion. ´´The assumptions of the entire Western political tradition from Plato onward were called into question by a generation of radical thinkers, of whom the greatest and most radical was Niccolò Machiavelli.´´ (James Hankins) ´´No epitaph can match so great a name,´´ reads the inscription on Niccolò Machiavelli´s tomb in the church of Santa Croce in Florence. Such praise of the notorious author of The Prince, the ´´teacher of evil´´ according to Leo Strauss, may seem misplaced to those with only a passing knowledge of one of history´s most famous political philosophers and theorists. Ever since Machiavelli penned his 1513 treatise on princely rule and the politics of reality, a work that infamously advises rulers to abandon virtue and morality when necessary, his name has been synonymous with deceit, duplicity, and amoral pragmatism. In 1559 the text was unsurprisingly registered in the Index Librorum Prohibitorum, the Catholic Church´s list of banned books, on the grounds of immorality. Shakespeare dubbed him the ´´murderous Machiavel´´ in the 1590s, a mere six decades after his death in 1527. Since then a sinister reputation has posthumously plagued the controversial Florentine, and the accusation of being ´´Machiavellian´´, an overused and typically misapplied adjective, is a charge of behaving in a cunning, scheming, and unscrupulous way. But is this depiction of Machiavelli as wicked and immoral accurate? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kelly Rhodes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/037310/bk_acx0_037310_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´Machiavelli´´ ist zur Chiffre für rücksichtsloses politisches Kalkül geworden. Doch trifft dieses Schlagwort nur eine Seite seines Denkens. Person und Werk spiegeln vielmehr die Spannungen der Umbruchszeit zwischen einem mittelalterlich-traditionellen, an Aristoteles orientierten politischen Denken und Handeln und der beginnenden Moderne: dem selbstbewußten Menschenbild der Renaissance, einer bürgerlichen Klugheitsethik und dem aufkommenden technischen Denken. Der Autor schildert Machiavellis Leben und die dramatische Wirkungsgeschichte seines Werks, interpretiert die wichtigsten Schriften und arbeitet die zentralen Motive und Grundmuster seiner politischen Handlungslehre heraus. Dabei wird deutlich: die Hauptprobleme Machiavellis sind heute, am Ende der Neuzeit, wieder aktuell.
With the bravura storytelling and pungent authenticity of detail she brought to her acclaimed Lymond Chronicles, Dorothy Dunnett, grande dame of the historical novel, presents The House of Niccolò series. The time is the 15th century, when intrepid merchants became the new knighthood of Europe. Among them, none is bolder or more cunning than Nicholas vander Poele of Bruges, the good-natured dyer´s apprentice who schemes and swashbuckles his way to the helm of a mercantile empire. The year is 1471. Within the circus of statecraft, where the lions of Burgundy, Cyprus, England, and Venice stalk and snarl, Nicholas wields a valued whip. Having wrested his little son Jordan from his estranged wife, Gelis, he embarks on the greatest business scheme of his life-- beginning with a journey to Iceland. But while Nicholas confronts merchant knights, polar bears, and the frozen volcanic wastelands of the North, a greater challenge awaits: the vengeful Gelis, whose secrets threaten to topple all Nicholas has achieved. Here is Dorothy Dunnett at her best. Robustly paced, prodigiously detailed, To Lie with Lions renders the quicksands of Renaissance politics as well as the turnings of the human soul, from love to hate and back.
The Prince is a 16th-century political treatise by the Italian diplomat and political theorist Niccolò Machiavelli. From correspondence, a version appears to have been distributed in 1513, using a Latin title, De Principatibus (About Principalities). However, the printed version was not published until 1532, five years after Machiavelli´s death. This was done with the permission of the Medici Pope Clement VII, but long before then, in fact since the first appearance of The Prince in manuscript, controversy had swirled about his writings´´. Although it was written as if it were a traditional work in the mirrors for princes style, it is generally agreed that it was especially innovative. This is only partly because it was written in the vernacular Italian rather than Latin, a practice which had become increasingly popular since the publication of Dante´s Divine Comedy and other works of Renaissance literature. The Prince is sometimes claimed to be one of the first works of modern philosophy, especially modern political philosophy, in which the effective truth is taken to be more important than any abstract ideal. It was also in direct conflict with the dominant Catholic and scholastic doctrines of the time concerning politics and ethics. Although it is relatively short, the treatise is the most remembered of Machiavelli´s works and the one most responsible for bringing the word ´´Machiavellian´´ into usage as a pejorative. It even contributed to the modern negative connotations of the words ´´politics´´ and ´´politician´´ in western countries. In terms of subject matter, it overlaps with the much longer Discourses on Livy, which was written a few years later. In its use of near-contemporary Italians as examples of people who perpetrated criminal deeds for politics, another lesser-known work by Machiavelli which The Prince has been compared to is The Life of Castruccio Castracani. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Roberto Scarlato. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/095677/bk_acx0_095677_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Prince, is the best known work by Italian diplomat, Nicolo Machiavelli. It is, in essence, a manual for rulership. The Prince, was a distinctly original work, written in the late Renaissance, and characterized by a realistic, perhaps even ruthless perspective, of both human nature and politics. It inspired the term ´´Machiavellian´´, and brought it into common use to describe unscrupulous politics. Machiavelli is seen as the father of modern political theory. His perspective in The Prince reflects a unique insight into human nature, and the nature of statecraft, offering clear, and powerful instructions for anyone in the field of politics, from the Renaissance to the modern era. The audiobook version of The Prince, is prefaced with a biography of the author and a background of the work itself, shedding some light on the mind that produced it, and the era which shaped his perspective. Also included are an overview, synopsis, and analysis of the work. The summary is capped with a brief look at the historical context of Machiavelli´s work, as well as the criticisms it has evoked, and the impact he has had on society. This is an ideal work for those interested in history, politics, or sociology, a unique and useful work, which offers a plethora of instructions for dealing with power on any level. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Doug Eisengrein. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/092651/bk_acx0_092651_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Die italienische Renaissance im Jahre des Herrn 1476: Wo Kultur und Kunst direkt neben Bestechung, Gier und Mord gedeihen, wo sich konkurrierende Familien erbarmungslose Blutfehden um politische und wirtschaftliche Macht liefern - hier beginnt die Reise eines von Rache beseelten jungen Adligen, der einst zu einem Instrument des Todes werden soll - ein einsamer Vollstrecker. Er folgt dem Weg der Bruderschaft der Assassinen und erlernt die geheimen Fähigkeiten des uralten Attentäter- Ordens. Auf der Jagd nach den Mördern seiner Familie nutzt er die Weisheit großer Geister wie Leonardo Da Vinci und Niccolo Machiavelli, um seine Feinde zur Strecke zu.