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Ficino's Advice to Princes

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This chapter examines a number of works which touch on political issues in order to establish some of the basic tenets of Marsilio Ficino's political philosophy. It considers what made him think his advice might be heeded. The works include pieces that Ficino dedicated to the Medici, his correspondence with King Matthias Corvinus of Hungary, his offerings to Federico da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino, and a few other letters to the king of Naples, the pope, and the young prince of the church, Cardinal Raffaele Riario. Individuals close to princes, such as Franceso Berlinghieri, Bernardo Bembo, Philippo V alori and Piero Soderini, are also mentioned. Finally, within the innermost sanctuary, philosophers will acknowledge their Saturn, contemplating the hidden mysteries of the heavens. This is an image of the Renaissance court par excellence, but an image based too on biblical themes, especially those deployed in the book of Proverbs.

Keywords: Bernardo Bembo; Cardinal Raffaele Riario; Federico da Montefeltro; Franceso Berlinghieri; Marsilio Ficino; Philippo V alori; Piero Soderini; political philosophy

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