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Date: 1555

Region: Europe

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Literature

Artist: Niccolo Machiavelli

Confronting Bodies: Pope Paul IV

Dates of Action: 1555

Location: Italy

Description of Artwork: Discorsi 1503

The Incident: 1555 Italy-Rome: Although Machiavelli had been the ambassador and advisor of Popes and Cardinals in his days, Pope Paul IV placed his works in the severest category of the Index Librorum Prohibitorum, and Clement VIII made a fresh prohibition of a Lausanne edition of his Discorsi.

Results of the Incident: Unknown

Source: Banned Books 387 B.C. to 1978 A.D., by Anne Lyon Haight, and Chandler B. Grannis, R.R. Bowker Co, 1978.