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The Book Of The Courtier

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Author: Castiglione, Baldesar
ISBN: 9780140441925
Publisher: Penguin UK
Year First Published: 2001
Pages: 368
Dimensions: 198mm x 129mm x 18mm
Format: Paperback / softback

In The Book of the Courtier (1528), Baldesar Castiglione, a diplomat and Papal Nuncio to Rome, sets out to define the essential virtues for those at Court. 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.