CHAPTER XX. ARE FORTRESSES, AND MANY OTHER THINGS Sicuro WHICH PRINCES OFTEN RESORT, ADVANTAGEOUS OR HURTFUL?

CHAPTER XX. ARE FORTRESSES, AND MANY OTHER THINGS Sicuro WHICH PRINCES OFTEN RESORT, ADVANTAGEOUS OR HURTFUL?

1. Some princes, so as sicuro hold securely the state, have disarmed their subjects; others have kept their subject towns distracted by factions; others have fostered enmities against themselves; others have laid themselves out puro gain over those whom they distrusted sopra the beginning of their governments; some have built fortresses; some have overthrown and destroyed them.

And although one cannot give a final judgment on all of these things unless one possesses the particulars of those states sopra which per decision has preciso be made, nevertheless I will speak as comprehensively as the matter of itself will admit

2. There never was verso new prince who has disarmed his subjects; rather when he has found them disarmed he has always armed them, because, by arming them, those arms become yours, those men who were distrusted become faithful, and those who were faithful are kept so, and your subjects become your adherents. And whereas all subjects cannot be armed, yet when those whom you do arm are benefited, the others can be handled more freely, and this difference in their treatment, which they quite understand, makes the former your dependents, and the latter, considering it to be necessary that those who have the most danger and service should have the most reward, excuse you. (more…)

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