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Cesare Borgia: An Example In The Prince By Niccolo Machiavelli

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In The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli considers Cesare Borgia to be perfect example for princes or whomever, to follow if they wish to apprehend how to secure and strengthen their principalities. Cesare Borgia, for Machiavelli, is an ideal lesson of a prince who had great prowess, gained his principality through good fortune by his father Pope Alexander VI, showed continuous actions by his efforts to secure his state quickly, and then lost it to adverse fortune, which led to his fall and death. Machiavelli uses many events of Cesare Borgia’s to show how and why he was successful, and should me imitated as a model of prudence by ambitious princes.
Cesare Borgia, also called Duke Valentino, was ...view middle of the document...

He weakens the Orsini and Colonna by winning over their loyal noblemen, but then he destroys the Orsini Family by setting a trap for them because Cesare Borgia believes that the forces of others are not loyal, and converted their supporters to his side, and then established his own army. He attempted to strengthen his foundations by getting rid of bloodlines that could compete with him. “I say that when the duke found himself very powerful and secure in part against present dangers—since he had armed to suit himself and had in good eliminated those arms which were near enough to have attacked him” (30). The lesson learned by this is to kill the strong people who could compete with you.
Cesare Borgia secured his new state of Romagna by first using force and cruelty, and then letting it be run on its own. He strengthened his rule by appointing Remirro de Orco to purge and unify Romagna. “And because he knew that past rigors had generated some hatred for Remirro, to purge the spirits of that people and to gain them entirely to himself, he wished to show that if any cruelty had been committed, this had not...

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