Students Staff

15 May 2014

Uncovering Essex link to The Prince by Machiavelli

Dr David Rundle

Dr David Rundle is interviewed on ITV's Anglia News

Dr David Rundle from the Department of History and the Albert Sloman Library have been helping ITV News Anglia uncover Essex's links to The Prince by Machiavelli.

The 16th century book which is just celebrating its 500th anniversary is one of the most famous and notorious ever written influencing politicians and rulers down the centuries.

But, many do not realise an Essex connection to one of the medieval world's most notorious mercenaries.

In the book Machiavelli refers to him as Giovanni Acuto, but his English name is Sir John Hawkwood from Sible Hedingham.

Dr David Rundle was able to show reporter Claire McGlasson a copy of The Prince from the Albert Sloman Library's special collections dating back to 1602 which was also featured in the film.

Dr Rundle said: "This was the first and most successful Essex bully boy. He went round Europe making his reputation and causing both death and terror."

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