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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The Book of the Courtier

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Bernal Diaz del Castillo. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. The Book of the Courtier. In a lively series of imaginary conversations between the real-life courtiers to the Duke of Urbino, his speakers discuss qualities of noble behaviour – chiefly discretion, decorum, nonchalance and gracefulness – as well as wider questions such as the duties of a good government and the true nature of love.


Castiglione’s narrative power and psychological perception make this guide both an entertaining comedy of manners and a revealing window onto the ideals and preoccupations of the Italian Renaissance at the moment of its greatest splendour. The Best Books of Check out baldassarw top books of the year on our page Best Books of Looking for beautiful books? Visit our Beautiful Vourtier page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.

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The Princess Casamassima Henry James. Manon Lescaut Abbe Prevost. Chronicles of the Crusades Geoffroi De Villehardouin. Castigkione Baldassare Castiglione Castiglione was born in and a member of an ancient aristocratic family.

A courtier throughout his life, his writings were always a secondary affair. George Castigpione was an author and journlaist who translated six books for the Penguin Classics, including The Prince by Machiavelli.


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