The Prince - Study Guide Chapter 13 Summary & Analysis

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Auxiliary forces are the other type of useless troop. They are the forces supplied by a foreign power when it is called upon to give aid. Such forces are trustworthy when pursuing their own interests. They are almost always a disaster to the one who borrows them, for if they lose he is ruined, and if they win he is their prisoner.

Pope Julius, noticing that his mercenaries were ineffective, borrowed troops from the King of Spain. He put himself at the mercy of foreigners. Fortunately, his auxiliaries were defeated and the Swiss came in and defeated the victors of the war. This is the only way he avoided becoming anyone's prisoner.

Anyone wishing to lose should use auxiliary troops. They are more dangerous than mercenaries. Ruin is assured. They are united and subject to another's orders. Mercenaries need more time and opportunity to move against the...

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