The Prince

Peter Firth reads from Peter Constantine's new translation of Niccolo Machiavelli's guidebook on how to seize and maintain political power.

Episodes

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BOTW01* Men Must Either Be Flattered Or Eliminated20080107

How to conquer new territory.

With an introduction from BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson

BOTW01Men Must Either Be Flattered Or Eliminated20080107

How to conquer new territory.

With an introduction from BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson

BOTW02* The Fox And The Lion20080108

What are the qualities of a successful leader?

BOTW02The Fox And The Lion20080108

What are the qualities of a successful leader?

BOTW03* * The Uses Of War20080109

And the wisdom of choosing the lesser evil.

BOTW03The Uses Of War20080109

And the wisdom of choosing the lesser evil.

BOTW04* On The Uses Of Cruelty20080110

How a successful leader can use cruelty to his advantage.

BOTW04On The Uses Of Cruelty20080110

How a successful leader can use cruelty to his advantage.

BOTW05 LAST20080111

On the relationship between the Prince and his advisers, and on how to deal with the power of fortune.

BOTW05 LAST*20080111

On the relationship between the Prince and his advisers, and on how to deal with the power of fortune.

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Five hundred years after writing his most provocative political tract, Niccolo Machiavelli appears before an infernal court to appeal against the harsh treatment his works have received over time.

Rather than being seen as a description of political cynicism and opportunism, he argues that "Machiavellian" should be a compliment and The Prince has in fact been an infallible guidebook followed closely by all successful leaders.

The Prince By Niccolo Machaiavelli

Adapted by Jonathan Myerson

Produced and directed by Clive Brill

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

The Prince By Niccolo Machiavelli