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Our current works online include The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Dante's Divine Comedy, Milton's Paradise Lost, the novels of Jane Austen, and more. There are 129 works by 20 authors in the library. Want to know more? See our slideshow about our mission (at 800x600 or 1024x768), or check out what we have in development.

NEW: Epics and Sagas has opened, with the first work being the Laxdaela Saga.


The Prince was written in 1513 and published in 1532, five years after Machiavelli's death in 1527. Machiavelli attempted to use his treatise to gain an advisory position with either the Pope or the Duke. He was unsuccessful. The Prince contains advice to a ruler on how best to stay in power. Machiavelli believed that, for monarchs, "the end justifies the means." We hope you enjoy this presentation!


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