The Fortunes of the Courtier: The European Reception of Castiglione's Cortegiano [NOOK Book]

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Castiglione's Cortegiano, or Book of the Courtier, is often read as a book embodying the spirit of the High Renaissance in Italy. It is therefore easy to forget that Castiglione wrote the Courtier as a practical guide to contemporary conduct and that it quickly became a huge success outside Italy. More than a hundred editions have appeared in numerous languages since its first publication in 1528. With this in mind, cultural historian Peter Burke sets forth in his brilliant new book to explore how readers over ...
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The Fortunes of the Courtier: The European Reception of Castiglione's Cortegiano

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Overview

Castiglione's Cortegiano, or Book of the Courtier, is often read as a book embodying the spirit of the High Renaissance in Italy. It is therefore easy to forget that Castiglione wrote the Courtier as a practical guide to contemporary conduct and that it quickly became a huge success outside Italy. More than a hundred editions have appeared in numerous languages since its first publication in 1528. With this in mind, cultural historian Peter Burke sets forth in his brilliant new book to explore how readers over the years have responded to the Courtier. Because it was read so widely in Europe, the Courtier affords Burke an ideal test case for the diffusion and reception of ideas. From Poland and Hungary to England, Portugal, and even the New World, he takes us on a fascinating tour of courts, libraries, and reading rooms in search of Castiglione's ideal courtier. He shows how changing responses to the Courtier, both positive and negative, reveal changing social values and how regional variations in its reception reflect the emerging cultural map of Europe. His evidence includes printing history, translations, marginalia, and records of sale and possession. He concludes with a discussion of the later fortune of the Courtier, including its role in the "civilizing process" and its curious appeal to writers as different as Samuel Johnson and W. B. Yeats.
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"The Fortunes of the Courtier is a valuable book. It should lead on to further important work, as its author suggests, especially as he has provided an invaluable bibliography and appendices detailing editions up to 1850 and known readers before 1700." Times Literary Supplement

"The Fortunes of the Courtier, original, spare and stimulating, is a model monograph." The London Review of Books

"Burke's painstaking research and engaging speculations make it much easier to see Castiglione's position clearly." Times Higher Education Supplement

"A readable oscillation between the generalised and the particular." Parergon

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745665849
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/29/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 222
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Peter Burke is Reader in Cultural History at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. His numerous books include Popular Culture in Early Modern Europe (1978) and, more recently, The Fabrication of Louis XIV (1992). He is also the editor of New Perspectives on Historical Writing (Penn State, 1992).

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Table of Contents

List of Plates
Preface and Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
1 Tradition and Reception 1
2 The Courtier in its Time 19
3 The Courtier in Italy 39
4 The Courtier Translated 55
5 The Courtier Imitated 81
6 The Courtier Criticized 99
7 The Courtier Revived 117
8 The Courtier in European Culture 139
Appendix 1 Editions of the Courtier, 1528-1850 158
Appendix 2 Readers of the Courtier before 1700 163
Bibliography 179
Index 203
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