Context is all when it comes to Machiavelli, and Benner does a thorough job of providing it, including many of the lesser-known elements of his life story: the difficult missions on behalf of the Florentine government, the project of a citizen militia, his limited success in re-entering public service after the Medici restoration in 1512.
Michael Sherberg is professor of Italian and chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Washington University. He studies the literature of the Italian Middle Ages and Renaissance.
Posts by Michael Sherberg
“The Common Reader,” Washington University in St. Louis’s Journal of the Essay, explores life and learning during the onset of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.