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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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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This, of course, has modern and contemporary political applications, too. 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. Practising his principles, counted many of the leading figures of his time as friends, and casfiglione employed on sensitive diplomatic missions.

What would the perfect courtier a person who serves at court look like? The occasions when the professional the courtier will make use of these principles are always very specific. Here, the use of the old and outdated Tuscan language is seen as a form of excess rather than a desirable trait.

Of course, it’s not meant for just anybody. I can’t recommend this to anyone I know isn’t personally fascinated by the renaissance, or applying to work at a court somewhere.

The Book of the Courtier

So while Renaissance society is not always the same as ours, it is often similar. Although, this book, was written about a period An important, very educating read about one of the most important periods in the history of the English literature, culture, and development. Bristol No preview available – It’s just good rhetoric. He must know how to dress on certain occasions. Moreover, its political 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.


Or in other words – a How To for aristocrats and courtier-wannabes.

bok The discussion moves to a view of the courtier as an advisor and teacher to his prince and the advisory function is fleshed out well. Concerning statecraft, we see that in the case of a courtier acting to save naldassare 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: I kept feeling the presence of the hostess Elisabetta but was obviously deaf to her inexistent speeches.

The book is an effort at providing guidance at being a Courtier – a person at the court of a great prince.

Read it in the summer but do read it. La Muta means the silent one — which fits well with the role of the women in this book.

The Book of the Courtier: Baldassare Castiglione: : Books

There is a curiously high number of people on this site who claim to have read this work, yet who refrain from writing a review of it. Selected pages Title Page. It is as though Castiglione is the little angel talking into the prince’s right ear, while Machiavelli is the little devil talking into his left.

Various characters discuss balsassare traits are most important for those who would comprise a prince’s court.


Want to Read saving…. If you are headed for an entry level position in the political arena, read this, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards. This culture definitely has good results: In this Platonic dialogue the principal speakers agree that the true ruler must have a specific form of knowledge that enables him to judge rightly and command appropriately.

So, this was assigned reading for me, and yet I th liked it. The book is full of typical Renaissance topics: Aug 22, Czarny Pies rated it liked it Recommends it for: This section may lend undue weight to certain ideas, incidents, or controversies. However, it will probably be of little to no interest to anyone not interested in the time period, but if the Italian Renaissance floats your boat as it does mine, clearly this is ab This book is surprising and entirely charming.

I’ll get us started with a few modest comments: As I had read a third of the book at that stage, I was quite thrilled to be there. May 13, Sean Muhlstein rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Set up a giveaway. 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 What a beautiful introduction written by Surrey Sutton!

He’s a figure I won’t ever boook now that I’ve been to his summer residence in Pesaro thanks to the initiative of my excellent travelling companion who knew all the right places to visit!

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