Francesco Guicciardini( Italian statesman, historian and author of political tracts)
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Biography Francesco Guicciardini
Guicciardini, Francesco (Guicciardini, Francesco) (1483-1540), Italian statesman, historian and author of political tracts. Born in Florence on March 6, 1483. A contemporary and friend of Machiavelli, . younger and rich Guicciardini made a political career as a messenger of Florence in Spain (1511-1514), . governor in the Papal States (1516-1534), . General Pope's army, . Adviser to Pope Clement VII and influential citizen of Florence after the fall of the Republic (1530),
. Guicciardini was able administrator, capable military leader, his brilliant mind and ability to anticipate events allowed him to warn those whom he served, on the impending dangers and to avoid serious trouble.
The best known are two of his works, especially "History of Italy" (Storia d'Italia, 1537-1540, publ. 1561-1564), which provides a broad panorama of Italy in 1492-1534. This work is characterized by elevated style, the presentation of supporting documents. Discernment judgments differ and Notes political and civil "(Ricordi politici e civili, 1525-1529, publ. 1576).
Died Guicciardini in Santa Margherita, near Florence, May 23, 1540.