Book of the Courtier

Book of the Courtier

by Baldesar Castiglione
     
 
Discretion and decorum, nonchalance and gracefulness

These are the qualities of the complete and perfect courtier, described by Castiglione in a series of imaginary conversations between the principal members of the court of Urbino in 1507. Castiglione's book is of enormous historical value as a deeply felt account of the ideals of the Italian Renaissance at

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Discretion and decorum, nonchalance and gracefulness

These are the qualities of the complete and perfect courtier, described by Castiglione in a series of imaginary conversations between the principal members of the court of Urbino in 1507. Castiglione's book is of enormous historical value as a deeply felt account of the ideals of the Italian Renaissance at the moment of its greatest splendour. But the enduring topicality of some of the issues raised in The Book of the Courtier, together with the author's sensitivity to atmosphere, his powers of narrative and delicate psychological perception, make it, in addition, a highly skillful and entertaining comedy of manners.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781840221138
Publisher:
Wordsworth Editions, Limited
Series:
World Literature Ser.
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.87(h) x (d)

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