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Guicciardini is so interesting. Guicciardini is considered as the Father of Modern History, due to his use of government documents to verify his “History of Italy. In his masterpiece, The History of Italy, Guicciardini paved the way for a new style in historiography with his use of government sources to support guicciardin and the realistic analysis of the people and events of his time. Showing of 6 reviews.


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Maxims and Reflections: Ricordi by Francesco Guicciardini

All we need do is read it. It is like reading Machiavelli’s The Prince but with a deeper analysis of the human mind. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Pepe rated it really liked it Feb 22, Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

Francesco Guicciardini was a famous Italian Statesman, living in the late 15th century and early 16th century. For the former hate them, and the latter do not know them. The “Ricordi” are an excellent window on mqxims world of Renaissance Italy, and on the foibles of humans in power. Trivia About Maxims and Reflec Some of the topics covered include the role of boldness, luck, and deception in achieving success; the value of reputation and ways to maintain it; how people are driven m One of the wisest books I’ve guicciardino read.

University of Pennsylvania Press January 1, Language: This book is a magnum opus. They were close contemporaries of each other. It was written to help his contemporaries survive their version of the rat-race and even come out on top, and since human nature hasn’t changed it still has the power to do the same thing for us.

Asdfhfjf rated it really liked it Jul 23, East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Many of his wiles and observations still ring true, maxkms better or for worse. Although FG served various governments as ambassador and in other roles, his first loyalty always lay in himself. It is worth noting that the book itself is very short, and the aphorisms are collected from three notebooks of different eras. To ask other readers questions about Maxims and Reflectionsplease sign up.

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I met a descendant of his at a conference at The Huntington Library in California and he was kind reflectiosn to sign my copy of this book.

Similar in style to Marcus Aurelius Meditations, it is filled with 16th century goodness and I would highly recommend its reading. But when I remember that it requires getting involved with other men- and most of the time with mad and wicked men who know neither how to be silent nor how to act- there is nothing I abhor more than to think about such things. Quotes from Maxims and Reflec That said, I find Guicciardini to be perhaps the most wise of all the Aphorists in matters of business.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The History of Italy. There’s little a quote in here on how precious friends are, how gratitude from one person can outweigh dozens of previous ingratitudes, how we should judge people by their performance, not their position PLUS how we should just be more tolerant of each other. Francesco Guicciardini was a 16th century Florentine diplomat and historian who collected his observations on politics for posterity. Kaeden rated it it was amazing Dec 01,