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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Nov 22, Tom Andersson rated it really liked it. 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 differences in a war of etiquette among the Italian nobility.

Page – The essence of humanism consisted in a new and vital perception of the dignity of man as a rational being apart from theological determinations, and in the further perception that classic literature alone displayed human nature in the plenitude of intellectual and moral freedom. I feel it has given me a firm grasp of Renaissance history, and was a perfect accompaniment to the trip.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. The Bkok of the Courtier. What has rarely been noted, however, is that Bembo describes this ascending path as one that will be followed to the end only by very few. A way to explore history through details and ‘good manners’.

Other books in this series. For your average Joe, I imagine this would be less entertaining than Al Gore debating geology with your high school algebra teacher. Book ratings by Goodreads.

This page was last edited on 28 Septemberat I had set out for Italy with three books in my bag, one of which was this one. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive?

Ships from and sold by Amazon. Castiglione’s courtier exists in a world of unattainable perfection up there with Aristotle’s Philosopher-King.


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The rest of the book is taken up with long and involved speeches by men. Set up a giveaway. An English edition was published in Such is the setting of one of the most celebrated books of the Italian Renaissance, The Book of the Courtier Il libro del cortegiano by Baldassare Castiglionewhich was an international best-seller for a century after its first publication in So there I was, moving from one sumptuous room of the palace castiglioen another, viewing the art treasures in the Marche collection, when, around a corner and across a little corridor, I found myself entering the room that had belonged to Elisabetta, Duchess of Montefeltro.

It is first and foremost a compendium of Renaissance thought. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Jan 20, A. Nor is there lack of many other men of illustrious family, celebrated in this art; which besides being very noble and worthy casriglione itself, is of great utility, and especially in war for drawing places, sites, casitglione, bridges, rocks, fortresses, and the baldaassare since however well we may keep them in memory which is very difficultwe cannot show them to others.

This loveliness, indeed, is impressed upon the body in varying degrees as a token by which the soul can be baldaseare for what it is, just as with trees the beauty of the blossom testifies to the goodness of the fruit. Leonard Eckstein Opdycke Translator.

The first section discusses the qualities of the ideal courtier, and focuses on accomplishments such as dancing, fencing, etc. One person found this helpful.

Instead of being a monologue of Castiglione making explicit the things he expects of courtiers, of ladies of the court, and of the role of courtiers before princes, he makes his characters go on and on forever about it. This much more natural appearance, even though it is not natural by any means, is more castiglone to the courtier.

The Book of the Courtier

An urbane and searching discussion of many of the Great Ideas, all by way of presenting the qualities of the ideal courtier and the ideal lady-in-waiting. Widely acknowledged as the sixteenth century’s most significant handbook on leadership, The Book of the Courtier offers an insider’s view of court life and culture during the Renaissance.

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Castiglione was himself a courtier, and his book presents a series of discussions that take place bwldassare the course of 4 evenings in the chambers of the duchess of Urbino in It remains the definitive account of Renaissance court life. If you take this work as an early example of professional guidance, it flaws are those baladssare the genre today.

So the key is how to apply the principles in context. It instantly become required reading for courtiers in both of these North European countries. Considered the definitive account of Renaissance court lifeit is cited frequently, along with Stefano Guazzo ‘s The civil conversation of and Giovanni Della Casa ‘s Galateo ofas an important resource on court life during the Italian Renaissance.

Another castiglioen book that gets into the mind of late medieval thinkers is “The Art of Worldly Wisdom” by Baltasar Gracian. That final aspect lead to a discussion of the ideal lady.

It presents three nights of discussion on courtly etiquette, and a balldassare night of idealist rhetoric on topics which might make a contribution to superficial courtly conversation, but not to philosophical thought.

A person who holds the office of ruler but balrassare this knowledge is a ruler in name only; while a person who has this knowledge, even if he holds no office at all, is nevertheless entitled to rule.

All aspects of leadership come under discussion, but the primary focus rests upon the relationship between advisors and those whom they counsel.