Machiavelli and Mystery of State

Machiavelli and Mystery of State

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Machiavelli and Mystery of State, first published in 1989, studies the intersection of sacred and secular conceptions of kingship in the Renaissance by documenting 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. This book illuminates an important and neglected dimension of Machiavelli's powerful influence on Renaissance political discourse.... revelation of the aquot;mystery of iniquityaquot;; Gardiner, in a treatise itself intended as a breviarium, or secret manual of counsel, compared the political wisdom he ... the mystery of kingship is asserted in bolder terms than ever before in the West, even as the sacred king takes upon himself the typically Machiavellian trait of being willing to employ immoral methods in the maintenance of his image and his power.

Title:Machiavelli and Mystery of State
Author:Peter S. Donaldson
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 1992-08-28


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