Author Niccolò Machiavelli
Type of work Political treatise; letter; manual
Time and place written Started in July 1513, finished
in 1514; Florence, Italy
Date of first publication 1532, after Machiavelli’s death;
first English translation appeared in 1640.
Themes Statesmanship and warcraft; goodwill and hatred; free
will; virtue; human nature
The Prince was written during a time
of political turbulence as a practical guide to help Lorenzo de’
Medici stay in power. Lorenzo did not agree with many of Machiavelli’s
suggestions. The book appeared on the pope’s “Index of Prohibited
Books” in 1559.