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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castiglioone As I had read a third of the book at that stage, I was quite thrilled to be there. To be fair, the book is clear an effort to provided an informed philosophically-based discussion of how “perfect” courtiers should behave. Get to Know Us. Included in these virtues are grace, health, knowledge of arms, candor, trust, and beauty. The rules apply to a courtier who must follow these rules: I didn’t fully understand how significant that visit was until I came across the reference to Francesco and Eleanora in Castiglione’s book.

Although, Castiglionne was an Italian his book was baldassar translated into French and English.

If you want to be counted as something, back then, you had to read this book, follow it, live by its code, and appreciate it.

To really follow the argument is tough going. Without the context, the principles come across as a bit empty. My library Help Advanced Book Search. The rest of the book is taken up with long and involved speeches by men. As a result, one runs constantly across invocations to “know your prince”, or to use judgment to determine what is right in a given situation. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

The Book of the Courtier

Paperbackpages. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? All aspects of l 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.

A definite period piece but useful for anyone interested in the period. May 18, Anima rated it really liked it.


Customers who bought this item also bought. The book takes the form of a dialogue set at the court baldxssare Urbino in or and carried out over the course of four consecutive evenings; thus it consists of four books, each with its own focus and principal speakers. For history buffs only.

They should also be good with women. Concerning statecraft, we see that baldssare the case of a courtier acting to save his state from a corrupt tyrant, if these requirements had been routinely observed in Renaissance Italy, then many of the disasters that followed upon attempts to overthrow or assassinate tyrannical rulers would have been avoided: Sometimes, like this book mantains, curtier are even better than the master because their influences come more from their own good intellect and judgement.

This, in contrast to the first point, does parallel Western culture. Moreover, its castiglions philosophy is of interest for more than historical reasons, for it can be applied by anyone today who works closely with or acts as an advisor to a person with significant decision-making authority, and not just to the Renaissance courtier who undertakes to counsel his prince.

The Book bsldassare the Courtier addresses the constitution of a perfect courtierand in its last installment, a perfect lady. The other main baladssare for me was the way the book echoed places I visited on my Italian trip.

Leer El cortesano ha sido una experiencia interesante y jugosa. I was surprised at how good and well written this book is props to George Bull for his translation. So there I was, moving from one sumptuous room of the palace to another, viewing the art treasures in the Marche collection, when, around a corner and across a little corridor, I found myself entering the room that had belonged to Elisabetta, Duchess of Montefeltro.

Baldassar Castiglione’s is best read as a companion piece to Niccole Machiavelli’s Prince which appeared 10 years earlier. Manon Lescaut Abbe Prevost. The book goes on about how to treat women and women must be elegant and graceful as wel The Renaissance is so much fun to study.

Page – Think now of the shape of man, which may be called a little world, in bopk every parcel of his body is seen to be necessarily framed by art and not by hap, and then the form altogether most beautiful Thanks for telling us about the problem.


An aspect of The Courtier I find most interesting is the Castiglione’s choice of dialogue, which nearly 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 the dialoge of the text, requires him to accept one of the various options provided.

Courrier of these are Several centuries ago, writing was simpler and more direct. I had set out for Italy with three books in my bag, one of which was this one. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through castlglione support?

While, you are unlikely to ever approach the diversity of excellencies described herein, this text motivates and inspires the average to good, the good to better, and the better to best. And if other occupations courtler want of study prevent his reaching such perfection caetiglione to render his writings worthy of great castiglipne, let him be careful to suppress The courtier must gently influence his liege in order to keep the monarch from self-indulgence, arrogance and misrule, all bxldassare that flow from the conniving flattery of other courtiers.

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.

Speeches by women take up about 5 pages out ofand they are very short and always to the point. A book to read vourtier learn about the Renaissance and how they thought. Even though the sentences were longer, the word choice and meaning were always precise. 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.