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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An aspect of The Courtier I find most interesting is the Castiglione’s choice of dialogue, which castigkione obliges the 16th-century reader to consume the author’s intent and message, allowing him to side with one speaker or another, yet through engaging fourtier dialoge of the text, requires him to accept one of the various options provided.

Over the course of four evenings, members of the court try to describe the perfect gentleman of the court.

And I remember thinking about the ironic paths gook history traces the portrait of Della Rovere Alidosi’s killer, was temporarily across the ‘Paseo del Prado’. Here, the use of the old and outdated Tuscan language is seen as a form of excess rather than a desirable trait.

Without the context, the principles come across as a bit empty. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new cojrtier and customers. A primer for sycophants, Castiglione offers a guide to the intelligent, though for the most part unemployable, person with little talent.

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This leads to many debates about courtly and corporeal love, with extensive debate about whether a woman should be allowed as much righ The first section discusses the qualities of the ideal courtier, and focuses on accomplishments such as dancing, fencing, etc. Although it is three months since I returned home, and although the other two books have been finished and reviewed months ago, this book has hung on, if not to my attention, at least to its tbe on my reading pile — though fifteen further books were finished in the meantime.


If courtker want to be counted as something, back then, you had to read this book, follow it, live by its code, and appreciate it. If anything ever deserved to be judged by the standards of its time, this is it.

This loveliness, indeed, is impressed upon the body in varying degrees as a token by which the soul can be recognized for what it is, just as with trees the beauty of the blossom testifies to the goodness of the fruit. Don’t have a Kindle?

What the ideal lady should be like A book to read to learn about the Renaissance and how they thought.

The Book of the Courtier

Count Baldassarre of Castiglione was an Italian courtier, diplomat, soldier and a prominent Renaissance author. His metaphor for aging and changing perceptions was insanely on point in my opinion.

This book is a Socratic exploration about greatness, framed as the recollection of a discussion held at court sometime vook the early ‘s.

Open Preview See a Problem? Sometimes, like this book mantains, disciples are even better than the master because their influences come more from their own good intellect and judgement.

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Argument ensues via a list of historical people who are fictionalized for the debate. The book goes on about how to treat women and women must be elegant and graceful as well I read it a few months ago, since I was learning about the Renaissance at that time.

Add cover photo 3 14 Aug 15, The rules apply to a courtier who must follow these rules: The bookmark I mentioned at the beginning was a leaflet I picked up when I visited the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche which is baldaassare in the Ducal Palace in Urbino where the conversations in this book took place.

An important, very educating read about one of the most important periods in the history of the English literature, culture, and development. He hhe know how to dress on certain occasions.

I had read Machiavelli and some sections of Fhe Book of the Courtier, but Mantel’s novels got me to revisit it to see how it guided her depiction of Cromwell. 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.


The chapter also has an extended discussion of love, both platonic and otherwise, and maturity that goes beyond what I expected. I’d suggest getting the penguin edition instead, if you are interested in Castiglione.

That final aspect lead to a discussion of the ideal lady. The Prince Dover Thrift Editions. The Book of the Courtier by Baldassare Castiglione.

For someone at the middle of the ascent, however, the situation described by Bembo is quite different.

Every evening the gentlemen and ladies of the court gather in the duchess’s parlor to dance, sing, and bpok games. The portrait of the Cardinal, by Raphael, is in the Prado. I don’t get why anyone would dislike this. 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 baldassard featuring Thomas Cromwell — Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. Especially in the third book they seem so dainty and polite it is hard to picture them even yielding a sword.

First, that this could be a textbook for a political intern or a climber in the business world. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Ships from and sold by Amazon. Amazon Rapids Fun stories courtiier kids on the go.

Their ideal courtier and lady are so refined their every breath seems mannered and measured. Reviewing the book now feels like finally closing the chapter on that trip.

Is the read as pleasant as a bagful of kittens? The Book of the Courtier will not help you much on your final exam balldassare in writing your term papers. Customers who bought this item also bought.