Fabio Albergati

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Fabio Albergati (1538–1606) was an Italian diplomat and writer, known for political theory and as a moralist.[1]

He was born in Bologna,[2] and was in the service of Jacopo Boncompagni.[3]

Fabio Albergati, painting from the Palazzo Albergati, attributed to Giovan Antonio Burrini; imagined scene of Albergati as diplomat meeting Philip II of Spain, with his portrait secretly being taken.


Title page of Albergati's Del Cardinale.

He wrote against duelling in 1583, at a time when his patron was active against banditry.[4] He wrote a very detailed attack on Jean Bodin's theoretical dismissal of mixed constitutions.[2] He equated reason of state with Machiavellianism.[5] His La Republica regia (published 1627) was a counter to Machiavelli.[6]


His children included Cardinal Niccolò Albergati-Ludovisi.[7]



  1. ^ http://www.filosofia.unina.it/ars/ealberg.html
  2. ^ a b (in Italian), http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/fabio-albergati_(Dizionario_Biografico)/
  3. ^ J. R. Mulryne, Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly, Margaret Shewring, Europa triumphans: court and civic festivals in early modern Europe, Volume 1 (2004), p. 211 note 42 .
  4. ^ Gigliola Fragnito, Church, Censorship, and Culture in Early Modern Italy (2001), pp. 141–2; Google Books.
  5. ^ http://www.filosofia.unina.it/ars/introe.html
  6. ^ Frank Edward Manuel, Fritzie Prigohzy Manuel, Utopian Thought in the Western World (1979), p. 153.
  7. ^ http://documents.medici.org/people_details.cfm?personid=13857

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