1469 - Born in San Casciano in Val di Pesa on the 3rd of May.
1494 - He entered government service as a clerk, that same year, Florence expelled the Medici family, who had ruled the city for nearly sixty years, and restored the republic.
1499 - He was sent on a number of diplomatic missions to the court of Louis XII in France, Ferdinand II of Aragón, and the Papacy in Rome.
1502-1503 - He was a witness to the effective statebuilding methods of the soldier/churchman Cesare Borgia, an immensely capable general and statesman who was at that time engaged in enlarging his territories in central Italy through a mixture of audacity, prudence, self-reliance, firmness and, not infrequently, cruelty.
1506 - Machiavelli was responsible for the Florentine militia including the defense of the city. He distrusted mercenaries and much preferred a citizen militia.
1513 - He was accused of conspiracy and arrested.
1527 - Machiavelli died in San Casciano, a few miles outside of Florence, on the 22nd of June.
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