“A controversy has risen about this: whether it is better to be loved than feared, or vice versa. My view is that it is desirable to be both loved and feared; but it is difficult to achieve both and, if one of them has to be lacking, it is much safer to be feared than loved.”
The word Machiavellian, denoting a duplicitous schemer or an unscrupulous politician entered into the English language in 1566, decades before a formal English translation of Machiavelli’s most famous work, The Prince, would be legally available for the general population.
Picured: An unscrupulous politician
In England, Machiavelli’s reputation proceeded him and this led to a tremendous interest in the early modern consciousness concerning exactly how his more controversial ideas should be handled. He became the era’s go-to reference point for political duplicity, amoral scheming and atheism. Historical villains were rechristened as…
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