He is instead praised as "a paterne in princehood
, a lode-starre in honour, and a mirrour of magnificence" (1923,132).
By the years leading up to 1500, the arts had become vital to the display of rulership, and especially to emergent ideas of princehood
Such is the content of the Prince in which the writer, from the princehood
of his imagination, offers advice on how to conquer and rule like a true Machiavellian virtuoso.