Florentine Trilogy, Part 3 of 3: Nicolo Machiavelli – Cynical politico

Santi di Tito_-Niccolo Machiavelli's portrait
Niccolo Machiavelli’s portrait (© Santo di Tito/Wikicommons)

In the last part of his Florentine Trilogy, David Swatling examines the life of Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527), the Florentine statesman and political writer who advocated resorting to morally questionable methods in the interest of the state. Today, “Machiavellian” has come to mean: elaborate, cunning, scheming, unscrupulous. The programme features interviews and readings from Machiavelli’s works.

Producer: David Swatling

Broadcast: September 6, 2000