Arrest Warrant for Niccolo Machiavelli is Unearthed

The 1513 document calls for Machiavelli's arrest, to be proclaimed by the town crier.

Machiavelli, known for his book "The Prince", was arrested and tortured. Professor Milner, who discovered the document while researching Florentine town criers, says: "When you realise this document marked the fall from grace of one the world's most influential political writers, it's quite a feeling." (photo) The photo also shows a drawing of the trumpet which the town crier used.