Philip C. Bobbitt
The Garments of Court and Palace
In The Garments of Court and Palace, Philip Bobbitt presents a vivid portrait of Machiavelli's Italy and demonstrates how The Prince, when read alongside The Discourses, anticipates the birth of the modern state.
- "With his profound knowledge of history, philosophy, politics and law,
Professor Bobbitt has made a major contribution to penetrating the thought
of Machiavelli and illuminating its context. The extraordinary intellectual
endeavor may well become a new standard interpretation."
– Henry A. Kissinger
- "A gripping account of Machiavelli's role in the tangled and dangerous
politics of the time...Compelling."
– John Gray, New Statesman
- "At last a book that understands and clearly, and elegantly, gets Machiavelli
right...Let's hope that Philip Bobbitt's book will at last put to rest the
nonsenses about Machiavelli "teacher of evil" and encourage a new wave of
– Maurizio Viroli, Professor Emeritus, Princeton, author of Machiavelli: How to Read Machiavelli and Redeeming the Prince: The Meaning of Machiavelli's Masterpiece
- "Bobbitt's courageous book is the work of a thinking man...highlighting easily
overlooked statements from Machiavelli about the need for healthy and
durable forms of rule."
– Bill Worden, Literary Review
- "This is far from the first attempt to rescue Machiavelli from the adjective
derived from his name, but it is an especially convincing one...Serious and
– Bill Emmott, The Times