The Prince


Niccolò Machiavelli

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Charles VIII Character Analysis

King of France from 1483 to 1498, Charles VIII invaded Italy in 1494, subduing Florence before marching to Naples. As a result of Charles' incursion into Florence, the ruling Medici family was deposed, leading to the reestablishment of the Florentine Republic. Charles was unable to maintain his conquered territory and died while preparing for a second invasion.
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Charles VIII Character Timeline in The Prince

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Chapter 11
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Before Charles VIII of France invaded Italy, the peninsula was ruled by several separate states: the pope, the... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...he blames "the present ruin of Italy" on its rulers' reliance on mercenary forces. When Charles VIII of France invaded and conquered Italy, he showed the Italians that their mercenaries are worthless... (full context)