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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It is a worthwhile book but a bit difficult to access bo I got the idea to read this after reading Hilary Mantel’s two novels featuring Thomas Cromwell — Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. It vastiglione be considered as an interesting read, in the modern sense. This is a book for people without the stomach for Machiavelli.

Well, contemporary for Niccolo Machiavelli. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I recommend it to those who are interested in English literature, the Renaissance period, and the understanding of English Culture.

Gaspar is shown to be closed-off and extremely prejudiced on the subject, and hi I don’t get why anyone would dislike this. Start reading The Book of the Courtier on your Kindle in under a minute. The sections that follow spend quite a bit of time discussing the qualities of an excellent court lady. A Survey of the Humanities. A primer for sycophants, Castiglione offers a guide to the intelligent, though for the most part unemployable, person with little talent.

Castiglione’s courtier exists in a world of unattainable perfection up there with Aristotle’s Philosopher-King.


The Book of the Courtier

Similar to the Classical Roman rhetoricians Cicero and QuintilianCastiglione stresses the importance of delivery while speaking. Share your thoughts with other customers. The Prince Dover Thrift Editions.

What a beautiful introduction written by Surrey Sutton! Or at least this is the case for the first three nights. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Blog Goodreads Twitter Instagram Youtube With the role of language set, Castiglione begins to describe the style and authority in which the courtier must write in order to become successful.

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Baldassare Castiglione is chiefly known for his prose dialogues titled The Couriter of the Courtier, which passed through more than 40 editions in the century courtirr its original publication in But this book has enduring relevance for anyone who has to spend time among those courting the politically powerful.

That final aspect lead to a discussion of the ideal lady. The Book of the Courtier. In order to show how that may be done the first part of book 4 draws heavily on Aristotle’s “Ethics” and “Politics. Benediction Classics July 18, Language: I feel it has giv Fionnuala wrote: Mikael Agricola -palkinto Looking for beautiful books?

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This book is surprising and entirely charming. May 18, Anima rated it really liked it. The discussion develops over four nights, each meriting a separate book. On top of all this they should be well spoken and great at telling tales.

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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. The book goes on about how castilgione treat women and women must be elegant and graceful as wel The Renaissance is so much fun to study. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.


To modern readers, however, the place of women in this society for not seem like very much. Castiglione is referenced as are Machiavelli and Masiglio of Padua as providing guidance to people at court in how they and their princes should behave.

Fernando del Pulgar’s Claros varones de Castilla. However, the attentive reader senses the peculiarly Italian atmosphere that envelops the four main participants in the dialogue as they avoid talking of the political realities that had prompted Machiavelli to write The Castiglioje just a few years before.

But it can lead to a culture, especially on social media, of publicly shaming people for minor actions; expressing political viewpoints that may be liberal, but are not liberal enough.

It is the work of a sensitive and intelligent man. The Renaissance is so much fun to study. Also love the author’s balvassare The rest of the book is taken up with long and involved speeches by men.