Critical and Historical Essays, vol 2

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Published: 1825
Language: English
Wordcount: 293,919 / 853 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 48.7
LoC Category: D
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Foreign History
Machiavelli
Ranke's History Of The Popes
War Of The Spanish Succession
Frederic The Great

Political Controversy
Southey's Colloquies
Civil Disabilties Of The Jews
Gladstone On Church And State

Literary Criticisms
Bacon
John Bunyan
Dramatists Of The Restoration
Addison
Samuel Johnson
Madame D'arblay
Byron
Montgomery

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her supposition which Lord Bacon seems to countenance, is that the treatise was merely a piece of grave irony, intended to warn nations against the arts of ambitious men. It would be easy to show that neither of these solutions is consistent with many passages in The Prince itself. But the most decisive refutation is that which is furnished by the other works of Machiavelli. In all the writings which he gave to the public, and in all those which the research of editors has, in the course of three centuries, discovered, in his Comedies, designed for the entertainment of the multitude, in his Comments on Livy, intended for the perusal of the most enthusiastic patriots of Florence, in his History, inscribed to one of the most amiable and estimable of the Popes, in his public despatches, in his private memoranda, the same obliquity of moral principle for which The Prince is so severely censured is more or less discernible. We doubt whether it would be possible to find, in all the many volumes of his compositions,

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