Don Quixote and Sancho, painted by Alexandre Decamps.

Cervantes and the Censors

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616) is generally credited with writing the first modern novel, his famous Don Quixote. The story of the addle-brained old gentleman who decides to become a knight and recruits his gullible neighbour as his squire has appealed to the imaginations of generations of readers ever since it was published over 400
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Machiavelli's beloved Florence.

Machiavelli’s Misunderstood Brilliance

History has not been particularly kind to Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527), author, diplomat and statesman of the Italian Renaissance, most famous for his book Il Principe (The Prince). He was looked upon with contempt by later generations and his name has become synonymous with unscrupulous, deceptive tactics. Machiavelli Vilified Did he really deserve to be treated
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