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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The author his hiding behind these characters. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. It’s long, often tedious, and for those of you who have absolutely no interest in history, a root canal might be preferable. Castiglionne in other words offers the corollary to Machiavelli whose great argument is that successful political leaders are those who have taken the time to learn the skills required Baldassar Castiglione’s is best read as a companion piece to Niccole Machiavelli’s Prince which appeared 10 years earlier.

Translated into many languages after its publication, it became the ultimate resource on aristocratic manners, offering sixteenth-century readers a manual on how to behave.

Ever-relevant subjects casttiglione the decision-making process, maintaining an ethical stance, and the best ways of interacting with authority figures. This edition, Thomas Hoby’s English translation, greatly influenced the English ideal of the “gentleman”.

Dec 31, Marie rated it it was ok Shelves: Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Coudtier good, but make it look easy and casual! All of these are explained through clever dialogue that invokes a sense of the 15th century and their appreciation of the classics. This section may lend undue weight to certain ideas, incidents, or controversies.

The Book of the Courtier

So, thanks for the nice influence in Cervantes, but I really can’t say this is as much of a masterpiece as it is made out to be. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Dec 19, Marc rated it did not like it Shelves: Castiglione states that had he followed Tuscan usage in his book, his description of sprezzatura would appear hypocritical, in that his effort would be seen as lacking in nonchalance Courtier Four nights of dialogue amongst a coterie of early 16th century Italian nobles and courtiers forms the strcuture of this debate over the characteristics and virtues of the “Ideal Courtier.


Dec 01, Omri rated it really liked it Shelves: It presents three nights of discussion on courtly etiquette, and a fourth night of idealist rhetoric on topics which might make a contribution to superficial courtly conversation, but not to philosophical thought. It features conversation among courtiers discussing what the ideal courtier should be like. Well, contemporary for Niccolo Machiavelli.

The Book of the Courtier by Baldassare Castiglione

I had set out for Italy with three books in my bag, one of which was this one. However, it will probably be of little to no interest to anyone not interested baldasswre the rhe period, but if the Italian Renaissance floats your boat as it does mine, clearly this is absolutely worth the read.

The success of a written speech, in contrast to the spoken speech, hinges on the notion that “we are willing to tolerate a great deal of improper and even careless usage” [10] in oral rhetoric than written rhetoric. Their ideal courtier and lady are so refined their every breath seems mannered and measured. By failing to employ sprezzaturahe destroys his opportunity for grace.

The third book is about the ideal lady, though most of it or taken up with a debate about whether women are less perfect than men or their equals, and then there is a long section on courtly love. Buy the selected items together This item: Want to Read saving…. See all 45 reviews. Yes, I do recall that Cole’s book has a chapter on Naples The bookmark I mentioned at the beginning was a leaflet I picked up when I visited the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche which is located in the Ducal Palace in Urbino where the conversations in this book took place.


Since the Duke is ill, they propose a game, which the Duchess will command, and in a number of nights they’ll discuss these qualities required. On the surface Castiglione seems to cougtier a virtue biok, but only in an exhortatory sense that is, he recommends that a prince should have an education in virtuenot in a philosophically developed way. They should also be good with women.

The Book of the Courtier is a book on courtly etiquette and romantic love. However, reading Castiglionne is vital to understanding the culture at Royal Courts during the renaissance.

Baldassar Castiglione’s is best read as a companion piece to Niccole Machiavelli’s Prince which appeared 10 years earlier. I’m not one of the cool kids, so that part was lost on me, but I did enjoy some of the more historical references and factual information about figures like Caesar and Alexander who are used frequently in developing this perfect courtier.

It has lots of typos and some kind of coding problem. Learn more about Amazon Prime. For someone at the middle of the ascent, however, the situation described by Bembo is quite different.

This was the salon in which the discussion of the ideal courtier took castiglioje more than years ago. The Pennsylvania State University Press. 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 Thanks for telling us about the problem.