The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Statesman and historian, born in Florence, of an ancient family; was secretary of the Florentine Republic from 1498 to 1512, and during that time conducted its diplomatic affairs with a skill which led to his being sent on a number of foreign embassies; he was opposed to the restoration of the Medici family, and on the return of it to power was subjected to imprisonment and torture as a conspirator, but was at last set at liberty; he spent the remainder of his life chiefly in literary labours, producing among other works a treatise on government, entitled "The Prince," the principles of which have established for him a notoriety wide as the civilised world (1469-1530).
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Machiavelli, Niccolo'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/m/machiavelli-niccolo.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.