Bernardo di Niccolò Machiavelli

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Bernardo di Niccolò Machiavelli (between 1426 and 1429 – 1500) was a citizen of Florence and father to Niccolò Machiavelli. Although he was a Doctor of Law (hence, his title of Messer), debts inherited from his father and uncles limiting his career prevented him from joining the legal guild. He is known independently for his diary or Libro di Ricordi, chronicling the years 1474–1487. The pages, housed in the Biblioteca Riccardiana in Florence, serve as a valuable window into everyday life and culture during the time and provide the only reliable information on his famous son's early youth. Bernardo Machiavelli was married to Bartolommea di Stefano Nelli. They had four children, Primavera, Margherita, Niccolò (the author of The Prince) and Totto.


Catherine Atkinson: Debts, dowries, donkeys. The diary of Niccolò Machiavelli’s father, messer Bernardo, in Quattrocento Florence, Frankfurt a. M. 2002, ISBN 3-631-38351-7

Cesare Olschki, Hrsg.: Bernardo Machiavelli, Libro di Ricordi, Florenz 1954.