How Much Fortune Can Do In Human Affairs, and in What Mode It May Be Opposed (Chapter 25) edit As pointed out by Gilbert (1938 :206) it was traditional in the genre of Mirrors of Princes to mention fortune. A well-fortified city is unlikely to be attacked, and if it is, most armies cannot endure an extended siege. Barlow,.J. Thoughts on Machiavelli.
Connell. Org, archived from the original on, retrieved Machiavelli, Niccolò. Machiavelli claims that Moses killed uncountable numbers of his own people in order to enforce his will.
The main concern for a prince should be war, or the preparation thereof, not books. He points to factionalism as a historical weak point in the Church, and points to the recent example of the Borgia family as a better strategy which almost worked. Therefore, the great should be made and unmade every day. He gives the example of Cesare Borgia, whose cruelty protected him from rebellions.