The Book of the Courtier has ratings and reviews. Fionnuala said: When I opened this book today to attempt to review it, a bookmark fell out. I. 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. 1 THE BOOK OF THE COURTIER BY COUNT BALDESAR CASTIGLIONE () TRANSLATED FROM THE ITALIAN BY LEONARD ECKSTEIN OPDYCKE.

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Mar 02, Lynda rated it it was amazing. It is a kind of Anne Landers for guys like Bill Shakespeare. It is as though Machiavelli were writing to rebut Castiglione: I kept feeling the presence of the hostess Elisabetta but was obviously deaf to her inexistent speeches. However, it will probably be of little to no interest to anyone not interested in the time period, but if the Italian Renaissance floats your boat as it does mine, clearly this is absolutely worth the read.

The Count contends that if the courtier wants to attain grazia and be esteemed excellent, it would be in his best interest to have this appearance of nonchalance. 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.

The Prince Dover Thrift Editions. The discussion develops over four nights, each meriting a separate book. This edition, Thomas Hoby’s English translation, greatly influenced the English ideal of the “gentleman”.

If you are headed for an entry level position in the political arena, read this, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.

Similar to Machiavelli’s The Prince, the characters in The Book of the Courtier discuss, in the form of Platonic dialogue, the ideal member of a court. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Please help to create a more balanced presentation. University of Illinois Press. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The fourth book is odd and it originally seemed a bit out of place until you realize that it is not sufficient to just describe the qualities of the perfect courtier, but you also have to discuss what he is supposed to be doing – or his “final cause”.

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The sections that follow spend quite a bit of time discussing the qualities of an excellent court lady. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

First of all, it’s aimed at men, and second, Castiglione warns sternly, “I deem it necessary for him to be of noble birth. One of these items ships sooner than the other. In the process they debate the nature of nobility, humor, women, and love. While some level, we in Western culture are expected to exhibit perfection in bzldassare areas at once – for example, people are generally expected to be fairly beautiful and charismatic to be well-liked – many among our culture recieve popularity and success via only one talent.

The Book of the Courtier is a book on courtly etiquette and romantic love. I feel it has given me a firm grasp of Renaissance history, and was a perfect accompaniment to the trip.

The discussion moves to a view of the courtier as an advisor and teacher to his prince and the advisory function is fleshed out well. 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. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

That is the point – the only value is in knowing what to do in a given situation. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The ideas of this book was already a cliche in the making, which, in itself, is already an interesting cultural aspect. 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 to be an appendix to the work rather than an integral conclusion to it.


Every evening the gentlemen and ladies of the court gather in the duchess’s parlor to dance, sing, and play games. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Share your thoughts with other customers. In the book, the courtier is described as having a cool mind, a good voice with beautiful, elegant and brave words bbaldassare with proper baldassage and gestures.

I recommend it to those who are interested in English literature, the Renaissance period, bpok the understanding of English Culture.

To modern readers, however, the place of women in this society for not seem like very much. The second book seems less essential–at least in our age–as its main topic is the art of courtly discussion, including a long section on witticisms.

The Book of the Courtier

While the Courtier should be skillful, that skill should not appear too extreme or the result courtieer much concerted effort. There is also great deal of discussion of how to backstab with grace and style. The Book of the Courtier was one of the most widely distributed books of the 16th century, with editions printed in six languages and in twenty European centers.

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This is THE book on how to be courtier, for courtiers of a period in which the idea of the courtier is already past. He must know how to dress on certain occasions. 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