The Counter-Reformation Prince

Anti-Machiavellianism or Catholic Statecraft in Early Modern Europe

By Robert Bireley, S.J.

The Counter-Reformation Prince

324 pp., 6.125 x 9.25

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-0221-9
    Published: February 2018

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Bireley explores the anti-Machavellian tradition of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe and the writers who cultivated it, including Giovanni Botero and Justus Lipsius. The tradition produced an international political literature that is immensely important for understanding the Counter-Reformation, Baroque culture, and early modern politics and diplomacy.

Originally published in 1990.

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"Bireley portrays his six early modern political thinkers as the several spokes of a wheel: each is described and analyzed in his own right, yet each is anchored in the same hub of common conviction--that Christian rulers could and should pursue their political goals according to the precepts of Christian morality. . . . It seems remarkable that no one has written a major book about the 'Antimachiavellians' before. Thanks to this masterly work no one will need to do so again."--Geoffrey Parker, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"It seems remarkable that no one has written a major book about the 'Antimachiavellians' before. Thanks to this masterly work no one will need to do so again."-- Geoffrey Parker