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What is the power of a Prince? Historical

Updated on January 15, 2017


"The Prince" is truly a read that you will talk about for years to come.

Niccolo Machiavelli
Niccolo Machiavelli | Source

Learn and Experience

Now that School back in session, after winter break. And whether it is High School or College, students are asked, and prepared to take on the challenges of reading new material. I found that this particular book was well worth the time, whether it was in the curriculum or not, and feel it would be an asset to any reading experience.

Recommend Audio

I highly recommend that this book be on your reading list and to get the most out of the experience, I would try to listen to Machiavelli's work.

A Piece of History

When we hear or see the title of “The Prince”, we think of royalty, power and family. A fairytale perhaps, with a happily ever after, but with “The Prince” by Niccolo Machiavelli it is surely not a fairytale, but is probably one of the most impressionable books I have ever read.

I personally would not have come across this book if it were not for my studies. So if one were not a college student with a love for history or a princess looking for her prince in a storybook, you would probably not have picked this particular book for your summer reading list.

I felt it was important enough to share my thoughts about it, because it is not a story, nor a biography, it is specifically a definition of princes and the politics that surrounded them, established by a man that was politically challenged. Niccolo Machiavelli sets up a manual of ideas that took place for princes at a time of political challenges during a specific time in history. Machiavelli wrote the “The Prince” as a guide. It would become a classic.

Machiavelli takes the reader through a journey of princes of different types, or principals and shows how complex being in this state of power rules and effects society. Throughout his political career he investigated authority of the prince and informs the reader with an array of information for this high ruler.

He looks at the hereditary aspect, natural inauguration, birth, and of course tradition, family and fortune of pre-existing power. He writes about how principalities are run before, during and after the prince’s reign.

Without actually exploring the entire writing, I would like to comment that this particular read was enlightening, and I think you will feel the same satisfaction when reading this ingenious novel.

You may also want to explore the possibility of acquiring this book as an ebook, as I did, for a more receptive understanding and reflection on the concept of a prince and Machiavelli himself.

“The Prince” translated by W.K. Marriott

Fictionwise Classics txt-to-speech enabled 2/11/2006

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