The Book of the Courtier has ratings and reviews. Fionnuala said: When I opened this book today to attempt to review it, a bookmark fell out. I. An insider’s view of court life and culture during the Renaissance, ‘The Book of the Courtier’ is the handiwork of a diplomat who was called upon to resolve the. 1 THE BOOK OF THE COURTIER BY COUNT BALDESAR CASTIGLIONE () TRANSLATED FROM THE ITALIAN BY LEONARD ECKSTEIN OPDYCKE.
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All aspects of l Widely acknowledged as the sixteenth century’s most significant handbook on leadership, The Book of the Courtier offers an insider’s view of court life and culture during the Renaissance. All aspects of leadership come under discussion, but the primary focus rests upon the relationship between advisors and those whom they counsel. Ever-relevant subjects include the decision-making process, maintaining an ethical stance, and the best ways of interacting with authority figures.
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Lucia Sofia Abonandi One of couttier best readings! A way to explore history through details and ‘good manners’. See 1 question about Couttier Book of the Courtier…. Lists with This Book. When I opened this book today to attempt to review it, a bookmark fell out. It isn’t a real bookmark but simply a leaflet I picked up in a gallery when I was in Northern Italy last September. Reviewing the book now feels like finally closing the chapter on that trip. I had set out for Italy with three books in my bag, one of which was this one.
Although it is three months since Dourtier returned home, and although the other two books have been finished and reviewed months ago, this book has hung on, if When I opened this book today to attempt to review it, a bookmark fell out. Although it is three months since I returned home, and although the other two books have been finished and reviewed months ago, this book has hung on, if not to my attention, at least to its place on my reading pile — though fifteen further books were finished in the meantime.
And so, as the December evenings got longer and darker, I forced myself to return to the The Book of the Courtier and to the discussions by a group of Italian noblemen and women which Baldesar Castiglione has recorded in this book.
The discussions took place over the course of four winter evenings inin the salon of the Duchess Elisabetta Montefeltro of Urbino on the occasion of a visit to the ducal palace by a group of dignitaries from Rome. The subject was the ideal courtier, how he should behave, how he xastiglione dress, how he should converse, and how he should love.
That final aspect lead to a discussion of the ideal lady. She was allowed to be witty but mostly she had to be coy, and especially, never to speak out of turn or call attention to herself in cqstiglione way. What was interesting for me in this book, apart from the way it documents a particular moment in history, was the way it overlapped with other books I’d been baldassxre, in particular Alison Cole’s Italian Renaissance Courts which included sections on baldaesare of the people mentioned in Castiglione’s book and which explained the relationship between the Montefeltros and the other noble families in fifteenth and sixteenth century Italy.
The other main interest for me was the way the book echoed places I visited on my Italian trip. The bookmark I mentioned at the beginning was a leaflet I picked up when I visited the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche bok is located hhe the Ducal Palace in Urbino where the conversations in this book took place. So there I was, moving from one sumptuous room of the palace to another, viewing the art treasures in the Marche collection, when, around a corner and across a little corridor, Ba,dassare found myself entering the room that had belonged to Elisabetta, Duchess of Montefeltro.
This was the salon in which the discussion of the ideal courtier took place more than years ago. As I had read a third of the book at that stage, I was quite thrilled to be there. The focus of the room today is Raphael’s ‘La Muta’ which castiglioje thought to be a representation of one of the Montefeltro noblewomen.
La Muta means the silent one — which fits well with the role of the women in this book. Speeches by women take up about 5 pages out ofand they are very nook and always to the point.
The rest of the book is taken up with long and involved speeches by men. A further echo of my trip lies in Castiglione’s introduction to the final section of the book. He mentions that although almost all of the th present in the discussions were dead by casstiglione time he published this account inthe new Duke of Montefeltro, Francesco della Rovere, was still living.
Francesco was only seventeen in but he was nevertheless present hhe the discussions in Elisabetta’s salon. I didn’t fully understand how significant that visit was until I came across the reference to Francesco and Eleanora in Castiglione’s book. It was convergences like this that made reading this book memorable for me. View all 23 comments.
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I had not realised that women are given so little fhe in the actual disquisition. I kept feeling the presence of the hostess Eli Kalliope wrote: I kept feeling the presence of the hostess Elisabetta but was obviously deaf to her inexistent speeches.
Thanks for that fine portrait of Francesco Maria della Rovere, Kall. He’s a figure I won’t ever forget now that I’ve been to his summer residence in Bokk thanks to the initiative of my excellent travelling companion who knew all the right places to visit! And yes, the Alison Cole book was very useful. I feel it has given me a firm grasp of Renaissance history, and was a perfect accompaniment to the trip. However, it has left me with a desire to visit Naples.
I feel it has giv Fionnuala wrote: Maybe next year” When I was in Ravenna, we found by chance in a corner a plaque stating that that was where Della Rovere had mortally wounded Cardinal Francesco Alidosi. The portrait of the Cardinal, by Raphael, is in the Prado. And I remember thinking about the ironic paths that history traces the portrait of Della Rovere Alidosi’s killer, was temporarily across the ‘Paseo del Prado’.
Yes, I do recall that Cole’s book has a chapter on Naples I imagine that to complete the book properly — as I have only visited it very briefly many years ago — it would require of me also that I visit Naples. Through his set of Renaissance-era conversations in Book of the Courtier, Castiglione suggests an ideal – the one way to be a man, the one way to be a woman, imitation of man after man after man.
One of the Courtiers sums up the level of expectation for an ideal perfectly with this list: This expresses the Renaissance ideal of perfect duality: This stands as a contrast to Western culture today. While some level, we in Western culture are expected to exhibit perfection in many areas at once – for example, people are generally expected to be fairly beautiful and charismatic to be well-liked – many among our culture recieve popularity and success via only one talent.
In the Renaissance, it was considered important to be all things, and flaws were not forgiven; in the US, we regularly elect politicians who are widely known to be somewhat rude. This, in contrast to the first point, does parallel Western culture. This culture definitely has good results: But it can lead to a culture, especially on social media, of publicly shaming people for minor actions; expressing political viewpoints that may be liberal, but are not liberal enough.
Another similarity comes in the idea that women may be stained more easily than men; the idea of calling out celebrities often seems to apply to women far more than it does to men, and callouts often follow them for longer.
But that’s another topic. So while Renaissance society is not always the same as ours, it is often similar. And while I found this book itself rather boring, I find it interesting that the past is so like the present.
Blog Goodreads Twitter Instagram Youtube View all 4 comments. Jan 20, A. This is a book for people without the casttiglione 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 baaldassare Henry VIII, etc. Is the read as pleasant as a bagful of kittens?
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 guy The theme of the book is pretty straightforward. What would the perfect courtier a person who serves at court look like?
Argument ensues via a list of historical people who are fictionalized for the debate.
I’m not one of the cool kids, so that part was lost on me, but I did enjoy some of the more historical references and factual information about figures like Caesar and Alexander who are used frequently in developing this perfect courtier.
I can’t recommend this to anyone I know isn’t personally fascinated by the renaissance, or applying to work at a court somewhere. For your average Joe, I imagine this would be less entertaining than Al Gore debating geology with your high school algebra teacher. For history buffs only. Jul 06, Caroline rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.