In his masterpiece, The History of Italy , Guicciardini paved the way for a new style in historiography with his use of government sources to support arguments and the realistic analysis of the people and events of his time. The Guicciardini were well-established members of the Florentine oligarchy as well as supporters of the Medici. Influential in Florentine politics, Guicciardini's ancestors had held the highest posts of honor in the state for many generations, as may be seen in his own genealogical Ricordi autobiografici e di famiglia. Piero Guicciardini had studied with the philosopher Marsilio Ficino , who stood as his son's godfather. Like his father, Francesco received a fine humanist education and studied the classics, learning both Latin and a little Greek.
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Few works of the sixteenth century allow us so penetrating an insight into the views and sentiments of its author as these reflections of the great Italian historian. Like Machiavelli's Prince, the Ricordi form one of the outstanding documents of a time of crisis and transition; but unlike the Prince, they range over a wide field of private as well as public life. In doing so, they revel the man as well as the political theorist. Francesco Guicciardini. Translated by Mario Domandi.
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Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. As other reviewers have pointed out, Guicciardini belongs with the great masters of Aphorism. I ran across his writing in some modern collection of Aphorisms, as most others probably did. It is worth noting that the book itself is very short, and the aphorisms are collected from three notebooks of different eras. As such, many of them are repeated. You're not getting a page book of aphorisms; it is more like a 50 page book of such.
If that annoys you, you probably shouldn't buy this book. That said, I find Guicciardini to be perhaps the most wise of all the Aphorists in matters of business. Other Aphorists offer profound commentary into the human condition, or good advice for living within bureaucracies, or truths which Imagine condensing the knowledge in "The Prince" into aphorisms, and mixing with plenty of earthy peasant wisdom, and that gives you a good idea of the nature of Guicciardini's writing.
This is a must read. Very practical, summarized advice. I would rank Ricordi fairly close to Proverbs. I had taken a course Guicciardini is so interesting. I had taken a course on him at the U. I met a descendant of his at a conference at The Huntington Library in California and he was kind enough to sign my copy of this book. Many of Guicciardini's ideas match parts of, or most, of the ideas of Machiavelli's. They were close contemporaries of each other.
So says one commentator on Francesco Guicciardini's musings. He was, at one time, a close friend of Niccolo Machiavelli, and shares the latter's amoral approach to statesmanship and to life in general. NM, however, at least made a show of dedicating his writings to the prince then in power. Although FG served various governments as ambassador and in other roles, his first loyalty always lay in himself.
As a result, these scraps of advice and counsel come across as representing two different personalities. One, the statesman and man of honor, says, "Do not strive harder to gain favor than to keep your good reputation But, just a moment before, he also says "Always deny what you don't want to be known. Many of his wiles and observations still ring true, for better or for worse. A few, however draw sharp contrast between his time and our own. In one, he says "Never argue against religion or against things that seem to depend on God.
These matters are too strongly rooted in the minds of fools. FG's maxim, however, must be reviewed now that fundamentalists of many kinds, in many countries, attempt to or do control education, science, rule of law, and basic human rights using partial or total theocracy. From Taliban bombings of girls' schools to the religious anti-science in the US, these movements must be resisted, even if or because they are "strongly rooted in the minds of fools. You could start with this book, too.
This book is a magnum opus. If you like books like The Prince, the Art of War, you must read this book. It is like reading Machiavelli's The Prince but with a deeper analysis of the human mind. This guy also happened to be a friend of Niccolo.
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Maxims and Reflections (Ricordi)
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