The Prince
  • Publication Date: March 14, 2024
  • ISBN: 9781554813605 / 1554813603
  • 240 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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The Prince

  • Publication Date: March 14, 2024
  • ISBN: 9781554813605 / 1554813603
  • 240 pages; 5½" x 8½"

Provocative, brutally honest, and timeless, Machiavelli’s The Prince is one of the most important yet misunderstood writings in history. In it, Machiavelli lays bare the reality behind politics as it has always been practiced, teaching leaders to avoid the errors and failings of others while also educating those outside of government about what goes on inside the halls of power. This edition offers a new and lively translation of The Prince, written in fluid modern English that is impressively accurate to the original source. It also includes extensive selections from the Discourses on Livy, together with a range of Machiavelli’s other works such as his poetry, his personal correspondence, and the Florentine Histories. The supplemental readings, engaging original introduction, and thorough annotations provided in this edition show the relevance of The Prince to a wide range of themes: human nature, the philosophy of history, and the existential question all rulers face—how to survive in a world that is largely outside of one’s control.


“Manuela Scarci’s excellent translation of Machiavelli’s most (in)famous work is accessible while at the same time respectful of his stylistic dignity. Welcome are this edition’s copious explanatory notes and helpful cross-references. Pleasing too are the accompanying extensive selections from the Discourses, along with ample portions of the Florentine Histories, The Art of War, and various literary works—all thoughtfully curated to substantiate the editor’s injunction against reliance solely on The Prince for an understanding of its author. And Jason Blahuta provides a provocative and learned introduction. He deftly places The Prince in the context of Machiavelli’s Renaissance, of his city, of his other works, and of his persistent themes. A great resource for a curious intellect, as well as for a university course in political thought.” — Timothy J. Lukes, Santa Clara University

“Scarci’s translation is clear and elegant, and it provokes the experienced reader with several subtle and intriguing choices. Blahuta includes relevant selections from eight of Machiavelli’s other works, as well as three letters, such that key themes of The Prince emerge more visibly within the context of Machiavelli’s overall project (and in sometimes surprising ways). This edition will be a useful resource for beginners and specialists alike.” — Kevin S. Honeycutt, Mercer University



  • Florence During the Italian Renaissance
  • Key Concepts in Machiavelli’s Thought
  • Machiavelli’s Relation to the Ancients and to His Contemporaries
  • Initial Reactions to The Prince
  • More Recent Interpretations of Machiavelli and The Prince

Niccolò Machiavelli: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Translations
Select Historical Figures Relevant to Machiavelli’s Life and The Prince
Map of Renaissance Italy

The Prince

Appendix A: Selections from Discourses on Livy

Appendix B: Selections from Tercets on Fortune

Appendix C: On Opportunity

Appendix D: Selections from Tercets on Ambition

Appendix E: Selections from The Golden Ass

Appendix F: Selections from Florentine Histories

Appendix G: Selections from The Art of War

Appendix H: Selections from The Life of Castruccio Castracani

Appendix I: Selections from Machiavelli’s Personal Correspondence

Jason P. Blahuta is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Lakehead University. Manuela Scarci is Chair and coordinator of the Renaissance Studies Program at Victoria University in the University of Toronto.

  • • A new highly readable translation of The Prince, with helpful contextualizing footnotes throughout.
  • • An abridged version of the Discourses on Livy, alongside selections from Machiavelli’s other writing and personal correspondence.
  • • A student-oriented introduction discusses Machiavelli’s life, the historical context of the Italian Renaissance, key concepts from Machiavelli’s writings, and the history of reactions and interpretations to The Prince.
  • • An original map of Renaissance Italy, a chronology of major events in Machiavelli’s life, and a list of historical persons mentioned in The Prince.