Penguin Classics: The Book of the Courtier

Penguin Classics: The Book of the Courtier by Baldesar Castiglione
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ISBN
9780140441925
Date Released
Binding
Paperback
Pages
368
Dimensions
126 x 195mm

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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.
ISBN:
9780140441925
Publication Date:
02 / 01 / 2001
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
126 x 195mm

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