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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Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. In so many ways, we can see ourselves in these would-be practitioners of the “code”. I had not realised that women are given so little space in the actual disquisition.

The Book of the Courtier

The book is an effort at providing guidance at being a Courtier – a person at the court of a great prince. I enjoy reading history, and this book gives a different and very interesting insight into the norms and practices of years ago at least of the “nobler” class.

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Speeches by women take up about 5 pages out ofand they are very short and always to the point. Leonard Eckstein Opdycke Translator. Nadie se atreve, ni parece que lo desee, a ser maestro. An English edition was published in Nov 22, Tom Andersson rated it really liked it.

The Book of the Courtier will not help you much on your final exam nor gook writing your term papers. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.


Although this view is less often maintained today, it does show that many readers consider the final night to be thematically discrepant with the rest of the text, thus making it appear xastiglione be an appendix to the work rather than an integral conclusion to it. It also forms a direct line of influence to the French honnete. It was convergences like this that made reading this book memorable for me.

Especially in the third book they seem so dainty and polite it is hard to picture them even yielding a sword.

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The occasions when the professional the courtier will make cpurtier of these principles are always very specific. 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.

Although, Castiglionne was an Italian his book was quickly translated into French and English. Paperbackpages. On Painting Leon Battista Alberti. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The Book of the Courtier. Gaspar is shown to be closed-off and extremely prejudiced on the subject, and hi I don’t get why anyone would dislike this.

The last part of this edition briefly debates the best form of government and then gives one participant the floor for an extensive speech on the most fundamental quality of a courtier: Argument ensues via a list of historical people who are fictionalized for the debate.

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The principles offered are general, and even universal. Account Options Sign in. I’ll get us started with a few modest comments: While, you are unlikely to ever approach the diversity of excellencies described herein, this text motivates and inspires the average to good, the good to better, and the better to best.


Ever-relevant subjects include the decision-making process, maintaining an ethical stance, and the best ways of interacting with authority figures.

Through his set of Renaissance-era conversations in Book of the Courtier, Castiglione suggests an ideal – courtifr one way to be a man, the one way to be a woman, imitation of man after man after man. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Dancing, fighting, badinage, sport; these activities must be accomplished with seeming effortlessness, with an internalized grace that effaces the labor required to master the art.

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The sections that follow spend quite a bit of time discussing the qualities of an excellent court lady. Although, this baldaasare, was written about a period of time earlier than the period in which it was written. Get to Know Us. Castiglione was himself a courtier, and his book presents a series of discussions that take place over the course of 4 evenings in the chambers of the duchess of Urbino in