Machiavelli’s The Prince

Discusses the role of the church and religion in political philosopher, Machiavelli’s text, `The Prince`.

Machiavelli’s work, The Prince, was written with the express purpose to ingratiate himself with the current ruling family, the Medicis. Religion plays a significant part in The Prince. The reality that Machiavelli wrote about was that the church would play a significant role in a Prince’s ability to maintain control and manage his country. Church and state were, then, one. To Machiavelli, the military is a necessary physical defense of the state. Dictators and totalitarianism find their origin in `The Prince`.