Rough Draft of "Imaginary" Primary Documents
Pretend you have "found" two letters written at the end of the 1400s from Machiavelli to his two rather power-hungry patrons, Rodrigo Borgia/Pope Alexander VI, and Cesare Borgia, his son. Alexander died in 1503 (maybe poisoned!) and Rodrigo was chased out of Italy, and soon died in battle in Spain.
Using the information on these pages on the Borgias, and on the other pages you've already read about Machiavelli, "reconstruct" these "fake" letters from Machiavelli. Yes, use some of M's real words (you have them in your books). He would probably give different advice to a pope than he would to a ruthless military adventurer, right?
NEW INFORMATION ON THE BORGIAS:
IR, pp. 48-49; Rats, p. 23.
OLD INFORMATION YOU'VE ALREADY READ ON MACHIAVELLI:
IR, pp. 18-19; Rats, pp. 21-22.
The letters should be about two paragraphs each -- enough to say something, but after all, Machiavelli doesn't want to waste candle wax.
You can make a final draft with a fancy font using nice paper, or handwritten with burned or stained edges, to turn in on Monday.
1. Final draft of Machiavelli's two letters.
2. Some fun reading in RATS. Choose any three of these reading selections below. Read them, and then on one index card, write the chapter number, my title below, and then write one sentence that describes something interesting you learned. Make sure what you write is really interesting.
Fun Reading Selections Due Monday:
Ch. 24, Manners, pp. 24-26
Ch. 25, Renaissance Women, pp. 27-30
Ch. 10, Cool Art from the North, pp. 58-61
Ch. 11, Music and Dancing, and Love Songs, pp. 62-65
Ch. 12, Superpower Writers (Cervantes and Shakespeare), pp. 66-73
ALSO, BE SURE TO UPDATE YOUR COMMUNITY SERVICE SHEETS!