Italian Stories = Novelle Italiane - Niccolo Machiavelli's Belfagor: Story of the Devil Who Took a Wife Summary & Analysis

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Machiavelli was an Italian statesman and writer in the 15th and 16th centuries. His most famous work, The Prince, is a detailed account of the various ways a king maintains his power. Though the work earned Machiavelli a reputation for being an amoral, ruthless statesman, such a reputation is undeserved; Machiavelli was simply describing the way kings ruled as best he could. He was not endorsing it.

The rulers of Hell learn of a vision seen by a holy man. He saw that of all the many souls that went to Hell, most or all of them were damned on account of having a wife. The devils, thinking that this would make them look bad, decide to investigate this to see if there is truth to it. After weighing their various options, they decide to randomly pick one...

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