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What was Machiavelli's purpose in writing The Prince?

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January 31, 2009 8:10PM

For practical reasons, Il Principe was written to Lorenzo di Medici who had recently risen to become ruler of Florance with the help of his cousin who was currently pope. This abolished the pre-existing Republic in which Machiavelli held a very high level "cabinet position". As a result of this association, Machiavelli was forced out of his position and moved into a farmhouse outside of the city limits. The prince is written in order to curry favor with Lorenzo by attempting to write a handbook for rulers. Although he had written extensively in the discourses about the superior nature of republics, the Prince only talks about absolute monarchs and their consolidation and maintaining of power.