MachiavelliNiccolo Machiavelli was born in Florence on May 3rd, 1469 and was one of the most brilliant and versatile intellects of the Italian Renaissance. When the Medici family returned to power in Florence in 1512, Machiavelli lost his position in the government, was imprisoned and tried for conspiracy, but eventually exonerated and exiled to his small farm in San Casciano overlooking his beloved city. While in exile, he turned his political experiences into works of literature including The Mandrake (the longest running play of the Renaissance), as well as his History of Florence, and The Prince. He married Marietta Corsini and had six children. He died in 1527, only a few weeks after the expulsion of the Medici.

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