The theme of conspiracy is central to Machiavelli's writing. His work offers observations and analysis of conspiracy as part of the armoury of the Renaissance politician. Surprisingly, the theme has not yet received the attention it merits. This volume corrects an interpretation which reduces Machiavelli's position to one of censorious observer of conspiracies. Quite to the contrary, as Campi demonstrates, Machiavelli developed an anatomy of conspiracy and provided a practical manual for coup d'état" and violent seizure of power.
Table of Contents
Part I: Machiavelli and Political Conspiracies
Introduction: Machiavelli, Theorist of Conspiracies
1. Luctus publicus/Salus publica: Bloodbath in Florence
2. From Magione to Senigallia: False Conspiracy, Double Conspiracy
3. Machiavelli the Conspirator?
4. Phenomenology and Anatomy of Conspiracy
Part II: On Conspiracies
Note on the Texts
Description of the Methods Adopted by the Duke Valentino When Murdering Vitellozzo Vitelli, Oliverotto da Fermo, the Signor Pagolo and the Duke di Gravina Orsini
The Pazzi and the Conspiracy Against the Medici
Alessandro Campi is Professor of Political Science at the University of Perugia, Italy.