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Figures of the Renaissance: Machiavelli

As Leaves of Chiaroscuro takes place during the Renaissance period, it’s an opportunity to feature historical figures in the game.  In the core rulebook some prominent features of the Renaissance will be given writeups.  Today’s blog will be featuring a figure that will definitely be in the core rulebook (and is one of my personal favorites).  Niccolo Machiavelli!

Machiavelli was a Florentine author and diplomat whom lived from 1469 to 1527.  He is best known as author of the (in)famous work, The Prince, which there is a freely available version of online to read here: The Prince PDF.

Thanks largely due to The Prince the term “Machiavellian” has come to refer to have a rather negative definition and refer to a very devious, conniving, ambitious person, particularly a politician though not necessarily.

Though he is most widely known for his political and historical works, Machiavelli had quite a sense of humor and was a writer of satire as well.

Also he and Leonardo Da Vinci had their own super-villain-esque plot going (for the good of Florence of course): The 5 Most Badass Teams of Famous People To Ever Join Forces.

There is also an excellent little documentary on Machiavelli featuring actor Peter Capaldi, author of Game of Thrones, George RR. Martin and others.