Nicolo Machiavelli (1469 - 1527) wrote only one major work as a gift for his ruling Prince, Lorenzo de Medici. Machiavelli held office as a senior civil servant for fourteen years until the downfall of the Republic in 1512. No longer officially employed to impart advice, instead Machiavelli poured out his ideas and resentment in his writings. The Prince has remained a prominent classic ever since; valued for its shrewd psychological insight, powerful words and prophetic quality. And even today, it has never lost its power to shock and influence. Ian Richardson's formidable reading of this unabridged translation is an accessible and entertaining way in to a truly compelling world view.