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Game of Throne's Daenerys is Machiavelli's Perfect Princ[ess] - PopMatters
Too often mislabeled the counselor of evil par excellence, Niccolò Machiavelli ends his treatise De principatibus-The Prince-invoking a "redeemer" who shall save enslaved Italy from the domination of foreign powers that have left her gravely wounded and "almost without life".

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Niccolò Machiavelli's Prince

Machiavelli ends his treatise The Prince invoking a "redeemer" who shall save enslaved Italy from the domination of foreign powers that have left her gravely wounded and "almost without...

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Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen

Her character development throughout the seasons unfolds within a dynamic that probes fundamental questions of politics and leadership. 

Machiavelli examined the same questions in...

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Machiavelli's First instruction

First instruction to maintain power and preserve order: The prince does not have free range to conduct evil, but must strive for goodness as the primary measure of actions.

Daenerys g...

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Machiavelli's 2nd instruction

Second instruction to maintain power and preserve order: The prince must know how to enter into evil and to what extent evil actions are required given the circumstances at hand.

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Machiavelli's 3rd instruction

Third instruction to maintain power and preserve order: When can a ruler enter into evil -  "if necessary" and when all other options fail.
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Machiavelli and need for unquestioned loyalty:

"Therefore, a wise prince must think of a way through which citizens will always, regardless of what the circumstances may be, need him and his power, and, as such, will always remain faithful t...

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The Prince and the Game of Thrones

Beyond the practical insight they may afford us, The Prince and Game of Thrones also reciprocally inform the respective viewing and reading of one another. 

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