1 THE BOOK OF THE COURTIER BY COUNT BALDESAR CASTIGLIONE () TRANSLATED FROM THE ITALIAN BY LEONARD ECKSTEIN OPDYCKE. An insider’s view of court life and culture during the Renaissance, ‘The Book of the Courtier’ is the handiwork of a diplomat who was called upon to resolve the. LibraryThing Review. User Review – asukamaxwell – LibraryThing. This ” entertaining comedy of manners” might read like it’s entirely fiction, but in fact took place.

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I’m not one of the cool kids, so that part was lost on me, but I did enjoy some of the more historical references and factual information about figures like Caesar and Alexander who are used frequently baodassare developing this perfect courtier. Courtesy literature can be traced back to 13th century German and Italian writers. Be good, but make it look easy and casual!

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The Book of the Courtier

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Castiglione’s narrative power and psychological perception make this guide both an entertaining comedy of manners and a revealing window onto the ideals and preoccupations of the Courtierr Renaissance at the moment of its greatest splendour. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. This chapter offers a window into the range of views about women at that time and also into the relations between aristocratic men and women.

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I boko read Machiavelli and some sections of The Book of the Courtier, but Mantel’s novels got me to revisit courttier to see how it guided her depiction of Cromwell. In the Renaissance, it was considered important to be all things, and flaws were not forgiven; in the US, we regularly elect politicians who are widely known to be somewhat rude.

Book ratings by Goodreads. And I remember thinking about the ironic paths that history traces baldxssare portrait of Della Rovere Alidosi’s killer, was temporarily across the ‘Paseo del Prado’. The Prince Dover Thrift Editions. A definite period piece but useful for anyone interested in the period. This edition, Thomas Hoby’s English translation, greatly influenced the English ideal of the boko.

The English translation of this book made in was subtitled “Very necessary and profitable for young gentlemen and gentlewomen abiding in Court Palace or Place. Since the Duke is baldawsare, they propose a game, which the Duchess will command, and in a number of nights they’ll discuss these qualities required. It is as though Castiglione is the little angel talking into the prince’s right ear, while Machiavelli is the little devil talking into his left.

If you take this work as an early example of professional guidance, it flaws are those of the genre today.

Bernal Diaz del Castillo. The book goes on about how to treat women and women must be elegant and graceful as wel The Renaissance casyiglione so much fun to study.

The topics are interesting and comparisons with “guidance” for professionals today come to mind a bit too easily for comfort.

Is the read as pleasant as a bagful of kittens?


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It’s useful but it’s way too archaic to keep the reader engaged. Fictionalised conversations by historic characters at the court of Urbino, Italy, Aug 22, Czarny Pies rated it liked it Recommends it for: Castiglione’s book was published, after many years of careful revision, injust four years before Machiavelli’s The Prince, a work that is completely opposite in mood and tone.

Some are more interesting than others. Court scene by Andrea Mantegna, A bit slow in places, but interesting for the range of views it presents as being debated in courts of the time. They are discussed in book 3, in which it appears that they have both their admirers and detractors. What a beautiful introduction written by Surrey Sutton! On top of all this they should be well spoken and great at telling tales. If you want to learn a personal view of life during the Italian Renaissance, this book is for you.

The book goes on about how to treat women and women must be elegant and graceful as well I read it a few months ago, since I was learning about the Renaissance at that time. Four nights of dialogue amongst a coterie of early 16th century Italian nobles and courtiers forms the strcuture of this debate over the characteristics and virtues of the “Ideal Courtier. He must be educated in art, music, war, and dancing.

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