The Prince - Study Guide Prologue Summary & Analysis

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Machiavelli was removed from his post as chancellery of Florence when his side lost a war and the Medici family came back to power. This book is addressed to Prince Lorenzo De Medici in an effort to show his loyalty. Machiavelli is trying to show that he can be of some use to the rulers of Florence. He points to his practical experience with power and politics.

The Prince opens with a dedication to the Prince Lorenzo De Medici. Machiavelli offers the Prince his most prized possession, his knowledge. Specifically, he is offering his knowledge of great men and their actions. He presents his book as a mark of his duty to the Medici family in general and Prince Lorenzo in particular.

There are three main reasons why the prince should read Machiavelli's book. First of all, the prince will appreciate the chance to learn a lifetime's...

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