The Book of the Courtier (1528) is a series of fictional conversations by courtiers of the Duke of Urbino that takes place in 1507, while Castiglione ...Show synopsisThe Book of the Courtier (1528) is a series of fictional conversations by courtiers of the Duke of Urbino that takes place in 1507, while Castiglione was himself attache to the Duke."Hide synopsis
Description:Very Good. Book. 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall. Wraps, 99 pages;...Very Good. Book. 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall. Wraps, 99 pages; Seventh printing 1974 (reprint); Translated & edited by Friench Simpson; Book block is secure with no names or marginalia; Red & cream cover with modest shelf & edge wear including 3/4 inch close tear on back panel, tiny nicks; ......('The Courtier', considered to be an early, significant work, apparently was originally intended to depict the attributes which the ideal courtier, or gentleman, should possess. In this volume, it was possible only to include those passages of 'The Courtier', which set forth the basic doctrine of the work. The original work by the original author, took place centuries before, as Count Baldesar Castiglione was born at Casatico in the territory of Mantua, December 6, 1478. )
Only for serious scholars of the Italian Rennaisance since Castiglione is mentioned in many contemporary poems ,government papers and in everyone's letters at the time .He also mentions many inside anecdotes about famous nobility in this work.
The work however is very dry for the average reader as it relates to manners and characteristic of courtiers and the ladies of the court. Modern readers might find that the nobility had too much time on their hands ,their "games" of discussing the mannerisms of the nobility not much fun, and concerns somewhat silly.(or maybe that's just me!).
It does seem to define the Western concept of "class" not in the political sense but in the social sense("A class act")
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