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Il Libro del Cortegiano

Il Libro del Cortegiano An insider s view of court life and culture during the Renaissance here is the handiwork of a th century diplomat who was called upon to resolve the differences in a war of etiquette among the Ital

  • Title: Il Libro del Cortegiano
  • Author: Baldassare Castiglione
  • ISBN: 9788811582601
  • Page: 104
  • Format: Paperback
  • An insider s view of court life and culture during the Renaissance, here is the handiwork of a 16th century diplomat who was called upon to resolve the differences in a war of etiquette among the Italian nobility The ultimate resource on aristocratic manners, it remains the most definitive account of life among the Renaissance nobility.

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    1. This is a book for people without the stomach for Machiavelli. It's a nice window into early renaissance court life––it'll give you an idea about some of what Shakespeare's plays include, people like Henry VIII, etc. Is the read as pleasant as a bagful of kittens? No, not really. It's long, often tedious, and for those of you who have absolutely no interest in history, a root canal might be preferable. But you see, a guyke (a freak)––who has an appreciation for politics and history–– [...]

    2. The first section discusses the qualities of the ideal courtier, and focuses on accomplishments such as dancing, fencing, etc. There is an extensive discussion of the types of humor, with many examples of jokes and tricks. The essence of humor is incongruence. The sections that follow spend quite a bit of time discussing the qualities of an excellent court lady. This leads to many debates about courtly and corporeal love, with extensive debate about whether a woman should be allowed as much righ [...]

    3. The Renaissance is so much fun to study. The Book of the Courtier is a book on courtly etiquette and romantic love. The rules apply to a courtier who must follow these rules:1. The courtier must be physically and emotionally fit.2. He must be educated in art, music, war, and dancing. 3. The courtier must be sincere in everything he says and does.4. He must know how to dress on certain occasions.There is more. The book goes on about how to treat women and women must be elegant and graceful as wel [...]

    4. What a beautiful introduction written by Surrey Sutton!"In the words of Castiglione’s English biographer: ‘The noble brow and broad forehead, the fine eyes, with their clear intense blue and vivid brightness, give the impression of intellectual power and refinement, tinged with a shade of habitual melancholy. All the spiritual charm and distinction of Castiglione’s nature, all the truth and loyalty of his character, are reflected in this incomparable work, which is a living example of the [...]

    5. The edition I am reading is actually Daniel Javitch's Norton Critical edition (2002). 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. I'll get us started with a few modest comments:Javitch has been studying the Courtier for decades, and the more he does, the less he see reason to compare it to the "hard-nosed assessment of political realities that Machiavelli provided in the Prince." This is because, although [...]

    6. A book to read to learn about the Renaissance and how they thought.It features conversation among courtiers discussing what the ideal courtier should be like. How, ideally, he should be noble birth; others dispute that many marvelous courtiers have risen from humble stations, but the original speaker maintains that since they are of course discussing the ideal, noble birth will help him in many respects. What he should study. Eloquence and avoiding affectation. What the ideal lady should be like [...]

    7. If anything ever deserved to be judged by the standards of its time, this is it. By the standards of its time, obviously it's adorable.

    8. Leer El cortesano ha sido una experiencia interesante y jugosa. Lo que he tenido estas semanas entre mis manos ha sido un documento auténtico del siglo XVI, un libro entretenido que permite hacerse a la idea de la mentalidad imperante en el momento. Destacan las referencias a Platón y Aristóteles por todas partes y el debate sobre las mujeres, especialmente curioso y provechoso. Asimismo, agradezco mucho poder leer la traducción de Boscán, que ayuda a ambientar la lectura. Cito a Ángel Cre [...]

    9. Au début du 16ème siècle, dans une cour italienne, une compagnies de nobles et de dames devisent pour tenter de définir ce que doit être un parfait courtisan. Pour peu que l'on fasse abstraction de la mauvaise réputation attachée à ce nom (surtout au féminin), on découvre un idéal qui prend ses racines dans l'antiquité, chez Platon, Aristote, Quintilien pour édifier des âmes fortes et délicates ayant l'épée dans une main et la plume dans l'autre. Toutes les perfections dont ils [...]

    10. Several centuries ago, writing was simpler and more direct. Even though the sentences were longer, the word choice and meaning were always precise. This book is a Socratic exploration about greatness, framed as the recollection of a discussion held at court sometime in the early 1400's. Various characters discuss what traits are most important for those who would comprise a prince's court. Included in these virtues are grace, health, knowledge of arms, candor, trust, and beauty. All of these are [...]

    11. This book is surprising and entirely charming. Similar to Machiavelli's The Prince, the characters in The Book of the Courtier discuss, in the form of Platonic dialogue, the ideal member of a court. It's intelligent, funny, and even beautiful at times. Certainly an odd book, but I found it compelling and absorbing.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 [...]

    12. I got the idea to read this after reading Hilary Mantel's two novels featuring Thomas Cromwell -- Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. Castiglione is referenced as are Machiavelli and Masiglio of Padua as providing guidance to people at court in how they and their princes should behave. I had read Machiavelli and some sections of The Book of the Courtier, but Mantel's novels got me to revisit it to see how it guided her depiction of Cromwell.It is a worthwhile book but a bit difficult to access bo [...]

    13. It's useful but it's way too archaic to keep the reader engaged. The structure of dialogues is reminisccent of The Decameron. But the conversation goes on forever and ever. Instead of being a monologue of Castiglione making explicit the things he expects of courtiers, of ladies of the court, and of the role of courtiers before princes, he makes his characters go on and on forever about it. Since the Duke is ill, they propose a game, which the Duchess will command, and in a number of nights they' [...]

    14. An important, very educating read about one of the most important periods in the history of the English literature, culture, and development. This is THE book on how to be courtier, for courtiers of a period in which the idea of the courtier is already past. Or in other words - a How To for aristocrats and courtier-wannabes. If you want to be counted as something, back then, you had to read this book, follow it, live by its code, and appreciate it. Although, this book, was written about a period [...]

    15. The Italian answer/precursor to Machiavelli's The Prince. Four nights of dialogue amongst a coterie of early 16th century Italian nobles and courtiers forms the strcuture of this debate over the characteristics and virtues of the "Ideal Courtier." sprezzatura is the italian word for "ease" or rather, "effortlessness" - the quality required of any would be successful courtier. Dancing, fighting, badinage, sport; these activities must be accomplished with seeming effortlessness, with an internaliz [...]

    16. I don't get why anyone would dislike this. Well, okay, maybe why terrible people would. I was actually surprised when I was reading this, of how deep Castiglione was. His metaphor for aging and changing perceptions was insanely on point in my opinion. I was also surprised by his apparent proto-feminist outlook, in that there is a clear emphasis on the "right" characters believing in women's innate equality with men. Gaspar is shown to be closed-off and extremely prejudiced on the subject, and hi [...]

    17. This first came out in 1526, and for those of us who can't read it in the original, there are various translations. The style is the old rhetorical conversation, which takes place in an ideal court scene of a small polity in Renaissance Italy.It's a how-to for courtiers. Of course, it's not meant for just anybody. First of all, it's aimed at men, and second, Castiglione warns sternly, "I deem it necessary for him to be of noble birth."This is a book of manners, and as such, gained wide popularit [...]

    18. Il libro del cortegiano forma il gusto cinquecentesco nei membri della società rinascimentale, indica i modelli dell'epoca nelle arti figurative e non solo, tratta di problemi che vanno al di là del semplice codice di comportamento di un cortegiano alla corte del proprio signore. Vengono categorizzati generi letterari nuovi, come il genere delle facezie, si delineano le basi della filosofia neoplatonica e si discute sulla donna di corte, prescrivendo comportamenti e modi di essere che, al cont [...]

    19. For a book that’s only 189 pages long, it took a really, really long time to get through this one. Partly because it’s very dense, and partly because it was originally written in the early 1500’s, so much of the book drags in elegant language that tends to lose my twenty-first century attention span. It picked up in the middle where the dialogue gets heated, but it still took me close to two hours to get through twenty pages. In short, it’s not a book that lends itself well to casual rea [...]

    20. As an aspiring courtier myself, I found this guide gave me valuable lessons on my deportment. I hope to use all I have learned in it if (or when) I am chosen to work in the Danish court of King Claudius and Queen Gertrude of Denmark.

    21. If you want to learn a personal view of life during the Italian Renaissance, this book is for you. A primer for sycophants, Castiglione offers a guide to the intelligent, though for the most part unemployable, person with little talent.

    22. You could take a courtier and place him in Washington, DC or any other seat of power and he would not only fit in, but dominate.

    23. En ganska lång och snårig bok att ta sig igenom, då innehållet framförs i dialogform mellan ett antal olika adelsmän och kvinnor. Dock väldigt intressant inblick i det tidiga 1500-talet kunskapshorisont och i åsikter kring hovmannen. Värt att notera är att boken om hovmannen inte, som ofta påstås, står motsatsförhållande till idealen som framförs i boken "fursten" eftersom man noggrant skiljer dessa roller från varandra i diskussionen. Särskilt intressant är diskussionen om ho [...]

    24. Heavy sledding here, but well worth the slog. Gone are the days when people sit around for weeks discoursing on the nature of manhood - and yet, this is exactly the conversation we're having at the moment with the Me, Too movement. Castiglione's Courtier, like Machiavelli's Prince, is all about male power and how to use it correctly. The conversations about women really struck home - so little has changed in this department.

    25. Read this book for my The Renaissance class. The Book of the Courtier, I thought the story was interesting.

    26. The discussions in this book would have taken place in the early to mid XVIth century, since they take place after the death of da Vinci, who died in 1519.This would make the book set in the High Renaissance--after Columbus' return from the Americas, but before the reports of the Americas began to have a major impact on people's imaginations. Note that Henry VIII is described as the Prince of Wales. Henry VIII was a second son, and only became Prince of Wales with the death of his older brother [...]

    27. While courtesy literature is far from being the rage in the 21st century, it turns out that the 16th century equivalent to the Idiot's Guide to Etiquette was among the most popular books of its time. Called The Book of the Courtier, by Baldesar Castiglione, it merged practical philosophy (a la Cicero of Ancient Greece) with contemporary Renaissance culture in an effort to describe what might be considered the perfect denizen of a prince's court. The book is most notable for its detailed descript [...]

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