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Machiavelli and Mystery of State - Peter S. Donaldson

Machiavelli and Mystery of State

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Published: 25th January 1993
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This book studies the intersection of sacred and secular conceptions of kingship in the Renaissance. The book documents in detail six instances of the attempt to connect Machiavelli's thought to an ancient and secret tradition of political counsel, the arcana imperii, or mysteries of state. The ways in which Renaissance writers attempted such a connection varied widely. In addition to carefully analyzing these arguments, the book documents patterns in their dissemination. Through his connection with mysteries of state, Machiavelli influenced not only Renaissance political ideas, but the transmission of these ideas. Machiavellian politics was a secret art; its vehicles, frequently secret books; and its authors and readers, sharers in a mystery.

'I definitely recommend this book, not only to the scholarly specialist in the history of idea, literature and political thought but to anyone who at some time has been intrigued by Machiavelli and the Machiavellian tradition.' The Times Higher Education Supplement 'Donaldson is straightforward, easy to use as a reference, but still sophisticated in his thesis and presentation. Donaldson's work remains an attractive interpretation of Machiavelli's impact on the secular and sacred view of kingship in western Europe.' Canadian Journal of History 'This is a book on Machiavelli as Machiavellian, as advocate of the effectiveness of the use of evil in politics. The author, Peter S. Donaldson, has carefully examined the works of a number of Trans-Alpine writers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and we get a clear impression of the great influence that Machiavelli had in Northern Europe.' American Historical Review

Preface
Machiavelli and Antichrist: prophetic typology in Reginald Pole's De Unitate and Apologia ad Carolum Quintum
Bishop Gardiner, Machiavellian
John Wolfe, Machiavelli, and the republican arcana in sixteenth-century England
Machiavelli and the arcana imperii
Gabriel NaudT: magic and Machiavelli
Biblical Machiavellism: Louis Machon's Apologie pour Machiavel
Index
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ISBN: 9780521437905
ISBN-10: 0521437903
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 242
Published: 25th January 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.38