join our forum
Niccolò Machiavelli Banner

Welcome to Simply 
Machiavelli

Though his own political aspirations never quite took off, the writings of the Italian political philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli (1469–1527) established him as one of if not the most brilliant political thinkers of the Italian Renaissance. His masterpiece The Prince, written in exile, stands as one of the most influential political treatises ever penned, and his branch of philosophy became the basis of the “realpolitik” of the 20th century. Today the name “Machiavelli” conjures to mind images of a ruthless, pitiless manipulator—precisely the kind of public image Machiavelli believed a ruler should maintain.