Florentine Political WritingsÊfrom Petrarch to Machiavelli

Presenting nineteen primary source documents, including lesser known texts by Machiavelli and Guicciardini, several of which are here translated into English for the first time, this useful compendium shows how the Renaissance political imagination can be productively applied to pressing civic questions.

Florentine Political WritingsÊfrom Petrarch to Machiavelli

Edited by Mark Jurdjevic, Natasha Piano, and John P. McCormick

Jun 2019 | 336 pages | Paper $34.95
Political Science / Philosophy / History
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Table of Contents

Introduction
—Mark Jurdjevic

PART I. ON MONARCHY AND TYRANNY
Chapter 1. Petrarch
How a Ruler Ought to Govern His State (1373)
Chapter 2. Coluccio Salutati
On the Tyrant(1400)
Chapter 3. Bartolus of Sassoferrato
On Tyranny (c. 1355)

PART II. ON CIVIC REPUBLICANISM
Chapter 4. Leonardo Bruni
Panegyric to the City of Florence (c. 1402) Oration for the Funeral of Nanni Strozzi (1428) On the Florentine Constitution (1439)
Chapter 5. Poggio Bracciolini
In Praise of the Venetian Government (1459)
Chapter 6. Alamanno Rinuccini
Liberty (1479)
Chapter 7. Girolamo Savonarola
Treatise on the Constitution and Government of the City of Florence (1498)

PART III. ON FLORENCE BETWEEN REPUBLIC AND PRINCIPATE
Chapter 8. Paolo Vettori
Memorandum to Cardinal de' Medici About the Affairs of Florence (1512)
Chapter 9. Niccolò Machiavelli
Memorandum to the Newly Restored Medici (1512)
Discursus on Florentine Matters After the Death of Lorenzo de' Medici the Younger (1520)
Minutes of a Provision for the Reform of the Florentine Government (1522)
Memorandum to Cardinal Giulio on the Reform of the State of Florence (1522)
Summary of the Affairs of the City of Lucca (1520)
Chapter 10. Francesco Guicciardini
On the Method of Electing Offices in the Great Council (1512)
On the Mode of Reordering the Popular Government (1512)
The Government of Florence after the Medici Restoration (1513)
On the Mode of Securing the State of the House of Medici (1516)

Notes
Index