The Book of the Courtier
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. Set in 1507, when Castiglione was an attaché to the Duke of Urbino, the book consists of a series of fictional conversations between members of the Duke's retinue, who discuss the virtues and conduct of the ideal courtier. Translated into many languages after its 1528 publication, it became the ultimate resource on aristocratic manners, offering sixteenth-century readers a manual on how to behave. Today, it remains the most definitive account of life among the Renaissance nobility.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - asukamaxwell - LibraryThing
This "entertaining comedy of manners" might read like it's entirely fiction, but in fact took place over the course of four evenings, beginning as game between about 30 people, some quite famous in ... Read full review
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The English translation of this book made in 1561 was subtitled "Very necessary and profitable for young gentlemen and gentlewomen abiding in Court Palace or Place. A Courtier is a person who was in ... Read full review
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