O Maquiavel teve sorte de já viver no Renascimento (embora isso não tivesse a mínima importância) e de estar na Toscana, onde parece que ainda não existia o Primeiro Comando da Capital, só ratos, pulgas e percevejos.
Embora ele tenha sido torturado, parece que não arrancaram suas unhas, tanto é que terminou de escrever O Príncipe.
Tive a oportunidade de ajudá-lo a reescrever essa obra (vejam no meu site), adaptando aos nossos tempos, muito mais bárbaros (pelo menos politicamente) do que os dele.
Em todo caso, divirtam-se...
Paulo Roberto de Almeida
A British academic has stumbled upon a 500-year-old "most wanted" notice for the arrest of Niccolo Machiavelli, the infamous Renaissance political operator who wrote The Prince.
His name was then linked with a conspiracy to overthrow the Medici. They issued the proclamation found by Prof Milner for his arrest.
"On the same day, he was imprisoned, tortured and later released and placed under house arrest outside the city," said the historian, an authority on Renaissance Italy.
Machiavelli, known as the Prince of Darkness, then wrote The Prince in the hope of regaining the approval of the Medicis.
"But there's no evidence to suggest they even read it," said Prof Milner, who is Visiting Professor at the Harvard Centre for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti in Florence.
Machiavelli's fortunes spiralled downwards and he died in abject poverty 14 years later.
The academic found the document while studying hundreds of town crier proclamations issued between 1470 and 1530.
He also found documents relating to the payment of four horsemen who scoured the streets of the Tuscan city for Machiavelli.
Florence is this year celebrating the 500th anniversary of Machiavelli's writing of The Prince, a political treatise which argues that the pursuit of power can justify the use of immoral means.
The celebrations include, on February 19, a reconstruction of the events surrounding his arrest and imprisonment.