The Prince


Niccolò Machiavelli

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The successor of Charles VIII of France, Louis XII continued the Italian campaigns pursued by his predecessor, conquering Milan in 1500 and Naples in 1501. Machiavelli criticizes Louis' early decision to ally himself with Alexander VI, which weakened Louis. Machiavelli argues that Louis, "Having made this first mistake . . . was forced into others."
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Chapter 3
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...the people's "friendship" following a conquest. Machiavelli illustrates this principle with the contemporary example of Louis XII's conquest and subsequent loss of Milan. (full context)
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Machiavelli returns to his earlier discussion of Louis XII , analyzing the mistakes that he made during his Italian campaigns. Louis came into Italy... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...effort to maintain this reputation," opting for miserliness in order to finance the Church's wars. Louis XII , the king of France, has also used his parsimony to finance foreign campaigns without... (full context)