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Lorenzo dé Medici Character Analysis

The ruler of Florence from 1514 to 1519, Lorenzo dé Medici was part of the influential Medici family and the dedicatee of The Prince. Lorenzo was the nephew of pope Leo X, who appointed Lorenzo the Duke of Urbino. In The Prince Machiavelli urges Lorenzo to unify Italy, although it is unlikely that Lorenzo ever read The Prince.

Lorenzo dé Medici Quotes in The Prince

The The Prince quotes below are all either spoken by Lorenzo dé Medici or refer to Lorenzo dé Medici. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Penguin Classics edition of The Prince published in 2003.
Preface Quotes

And if, from your lofty peak, Your Magnificence will sometimes glance down to these low-lying regions, you will realize the extent to which, undeservedly, I have to endure the great and unremitting malice of fortune.

Related Characters: Niccolò Machiavelli (speaker), Lorenzo dé Medici
Page Number: 4
Explanation and Analysis:

In real life, Machiavelli had fallen on hard times when he wrote The Prince--there had been a civil war in Florence, and Machiavelli had backed the wrong leaders against the Medici family. After the Medicis rose to power, Machiavelli was in serious danger of losing his life. In order to save his life, Machiavelli tried to make a peace offering to Lorenzo de Medici, writing him a book in which he praised Lorenzo for his greatness. Here, Machiavelli insists that his low position isn't the result of disloyalty of any kind--he's just been "unlucky."

The passage is important because it lends a certain amount of urgency and self-interest to The Prince. The author of the book, we can see, is just as selfish and cunning as the ideal prince he's trying to create--one could say that Machiavelli is performing the very qualities that he supports in Lorenzo de Medici.

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Lorenzo dé Medici Character Timeline in The Prince

The timeline below shows where the character Lorenzo dé Medici appears in The Prince. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Preface
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Addressing Lorenzo dé Medici, Machiavelli begins, "Men who are anxious to win the favor of a Prince... (full context)
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Machiavelli implores Lorenzo to accept his "unworthy" book, stating that the work is a humble but extremely "valuable... (full context)
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Machiavelli closes his introductory letter by asking Lorenzo to accept his gift and to ponder its lessons "diligently." In that way, Lorenzo may... (full context)
Chapter 26
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...Machiavelli contends that the country's greatest hope rests in the "illustrious House" of his dedicatee, Lorenzo dé Medici. Machiavelli asserts that the Medici family, "with its fortune and prowess," is "favored... (full context)
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...that Italians can raise new armies and employ novel battle formations. These reforms would bring Lorenzo "greatness and prestige." (full context)
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In conclusion, Machiavelli urges Lorenzo to take advantage of this unique "opportunity" to unify Italy. Machiavelli describes the "resolute loyalty"... (full context)