The Prince


Niccolò Machiavelli

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Maximilian Character Analysis

As Holy Roman Emperor from 1508 to 1519, Maximilian was a perennial opponent of the French and Venetians. His reign was marked by frequent forays into Italian affairs, largely motivated by his desire to regain territory from Venice. A lack of funding and the threat of French retaliation prevented Maximilian from maintaining a consistent foreign policy.
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Maximilian Character Timeline in The Prince

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Chapter 23
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Machiavelli offers a "modern illustration" of this principle, citing Maximilian, the Holy Roman Emperor, who "never [consults] anybody and never [does] things as he wanted... (full context)