History of Florence and of the Affairs of Italy, Vol. 2


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History of Florence and of the Affairs of Italy is an historical account by Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527). Toward the end of 1520, the Cardinal Giulio of Medici, later Pope Clement VII, offered Machiavelli the appointment to write a history of Florence. Although Machiavelli was reluctant to accept, accepting was at that time his only possible way to regain the good graces of the Medici. Doing the history also provided a way for Machiavelli’s views to become the “official” history of Florentine and Italian affairs. Once completed, the work was presented officially to Giulio, now Pope, in May of 1526. The translator is unknown, but the copyright has been cleared by Wikipedia. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia by Karen Merline.)

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Chapters

Bk 5 Ch 1: The military factions of Sforza and Braccio 15:58 Read by MorganScorpion
Bk 5 Ch 2: Rene of Anjou and Alfonso of Aragon aspire to the kingdom 19:09 Read by MorganScorpion
Bk 5 Ch 3: The Florentines go to war with Lucca 21:27 Read by kayo
Bk 5 Ch 4: Niccolo Piccinino, in concert with the duke of Milan, deceives the p… 24:22 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Bk 5 Ch 5: Francesco Sforza marches to assist the Venetians 18:02 Read by MorganScorpion
Bk 5 Ch 6: The pope imprisons the cardinal and assists the Florentines 17:54 Read by MorganScorpion
Bk 5 Ch 7: Brescia relieved by Sforza 15:08 Read by MorganScorpion
Bk 6 Ch 1: Reflections on the object of war and the use of victory 19:41 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Bk 6 Ch 2: Discords of Florence 20:36 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Bk 6 Ch 3: Death of Filippo Visconti, duke of Milan 20:15 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Bk 6 Ch 4: League of the Venetians and Milanese 17:50 Read by Nichelle von Lauder
Bk 6 Ch 5: League between the new duke of Milan and the Florentines 17:03 Read by MorganScorpion
Bk 6 Ch 6: Conspiracy of Stefano Porcari against the papal government 14:55 Read by MorganScorpion
Bk 6 Ch 7: Christendom alarmed by the progress of the Turks 15:45 Read by Kalynda
Bk 7 Ch 1: Connection of the other Italian governments with the history of Flor… 23:31 Read by Sibella Denton
Bk 7 Ch 2: The duke of Milan becomes lord of Genoa 18:38 Read by Sibella Denton
Bk 7 Ch 3: Niccolo Soderini drawn Gonfalonier of Justice 17:07 Read by Sibella Denton
Bk 7 Ch 4: War between the Venetians and the Florentines 15:42 Read by Sibella Denton
Bk 7 Ch 5: Bernardo takes possession of Prato 14:12 Read by Sibella Denton
Bk 7 Ch 6: Origin of the animosity between Sixtus IV. and Lorenzo de' Medici 19:05 Read by ontheroad
Bk 8 Ch 1: State of the family of the Medici at Florence 18:42 Read by ontheroad
Bk 8 Ch 2: Giuliano de' Medici slain--Lorenzo escapes 21:14 Read by ontheroad
Bk 8 Ch 3: The Florentines prepare for war against the pope 14:25 Read by MorganScorpion
Bk 8 Ch 4: The duke of Calabria routs the Florentine army at Poggibonzi 22:39 Read by MorganScorpion
Bk 8 Ch 5: The king of Naples and the Florentines attack the papal states 14:37 Read by MorganScorpion
Bk 8 Ch 6: Affairs of the pope 17:45 Read by Kalynda
Bk 8 Ch 7: The Pope becomes attached to the Florentines 16:51 Read by Sibella Denton