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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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. Otherwise, the courtier must simply turn his back on the wicked prince and seek a better prince elsewhere whom he can serve. But it can lead to a culture, especially on social media, of publicly shaming people for minor actions; expressing political viewpoints that may be liberal, but are not liberal enough.

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Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. I’d suggest getting the penguin edition instead, if you are interested in Castiglione. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Bernal Diaz del Castillo. Read it in the summer but do read it. One of these items ships sooner than the other. At one extreme an instruction manual for a vanished profession, on the other extreme, a window into a lost world of glitter and intrigue – and a philosophy of living that survives beyond mere history.

The last speaker says that no, he could fulfill the role of lover of beauty, because true beauty is a thing in itself, a gift of God, and is not inherent in the thing that exhibits it. So while Renaissance society is not always the same as ours, it is often similar. Views Read Edit View history. The book is an effort at providing guidance at being a Courtier – a person at the court of a great prince.

Explore the Home Gift Guide. Another excellent book that gets into the mind of late medieval thinkers is “The Art of Worldly Wisdom” by Baltasar Gracian. There is also great deal of discussion of how to backstab with grace and style. This was the salon in which the discussion of the ideal courtier took place more than years ago. 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.


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How, ideally, he should be noble birth; others dispute that many marvelous courtiers have risen from humble stations, but the original speaker maintains that since they are of course discussing the ideal, noble birth will help him in many respects. Interesting as an historic document, but rather dull to read. Page – The essence of humanism consisted in a new and vital perception of the dignity of man as a rational being apart from theological determinations, and in the further perception that classic literature alone displayed human nature in the plenitude of intellectual and moral freedom.

It is a castigliobe book but a bit difficult to access bo I got the idea to read this after reading Hilary Mantel’s two novels featuring Courgier Cromwell — Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. Humanists saw God and nature as two separate concepts, but nature being a servant of Cqstiglione, and how important is for the courtier to be a knowledgeable man who avoids every form of affectation, educates himself in the use of the word, letters and the use of arms, while having hobbies typical of royalty such as hunting, and the study of classics.

I have recently likened it in a paper to a Castilian work written about two decades earlier: Other books in this series. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: The principles offered are general, and even universal.

In this Platonic dialogue the principal speakers agree that the true ruler castlglione have a specific form of knowledge that enables him to judge rightly and command appropriately. What would the perfect courtier a person who serves at court look like? I can’t recommend this to anyone I know isn’t personally fascinated by the renaissance, or applying to work at a court somewhere. Selected pages Page 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.


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 ckurtier of the blossom testifies to the goodness of the fruit. Since the Duke gook ill, they propose a game, which the Duchess will command, and in a number of nights they’ It’s useful but it’s vourtier too archaic to keep the reader engaged.

The Book of the Courtier

The edition I used had a series of good interpretive essays that go into the literature about this book. Over the course of four evenings, members of the court try to describe the perfect baldaassare of the court.

The Pennsylvania State University Press. I had set out for Italy with three books in my bag, one of which was this one.

May 13, Sean Muhlstein rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This form of emphasis on language is noted by Graham as; “Although the Count is aware that more traditional aspects of the orator appearance, gestures, voice, etc. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. I was actually surprised when I was reading this, of how deep Castiglione was.

The portrait of the Cardinal, by Raphael, is in the Prado. What I appreciated the most was relating “yesterday’s” social and societal practices to today’s.