All Machiavelli’s Men.
Friends, Enemy (and a mistress)
A story by Marcello Simonetta
April 15 at 12:30
Marcello Simonetta, Senior Scholar at the Medici Archive Project in Florence, will introduce his new book Tutti gli uomini di Machiavelli.
Who was Niccolò Machiavelli, the Florentine Secretary, the author of the Prince
and the Mandrake? Everything has been said about him and the opposite of everything: was he a genius, a friend of tyrants or a brave man who denounced the vices of the powerful? The book touch also the story of an era where women were
reduced to mere sexual objects or literary whims. But Simonetta will show us that who laughs last laughs well!
Marcello Simonetta (Yale Ph.D. 2001) is Professor of European Political History at Sciences Po and at the American University of Paris. His interests are in the political and diplomatic history of late fifteenth and early sixteenth-century Italy. He has authored several books, among which “Rinascimento segreto. Il mondo del Segretario da Petrarca a Machiavelli” (FrancoAngeli, Milan: 2004), “The Montefeltro Conspiracy” (Doubleday, New York: 2007, translated in four languages) and “Volpi e Leoni. I Medici, Machiavelli e la rovina d’Italia” (Bompiani, Milan: 2014). He has also published many scholarly articles and edited sources in Renaissance literary, historical and diplomatic history. Currently he is working on a new book on the relationship between Italy and France between the 1530s and the 1550s.
The event is free for LdVS members – $10 for the general public