The Book Of The Courtier by Baldassare Castiglione

This Renaissance classic is a seminal work on etiquette and courtly manners, presenting an idealized vision of the perfect gentleman and lady at the courts of Italy. Through a series of dialogues set over four evenings, the book explores the attributes of a well-rounded courtier, emphasizing skills such as martial arts, physical grace, and intellectual pursuits, alongside the importance of moral virtue and the art of conversation. The text also delves into the complex interplay of love, the role of women in court, and the philosophical underpinnings of what it means to live a noble life, ultimately providing a guide to the refined behavior expected in aristocratic circles of the time.

The 5308th greatest book of all time


Published
1528
Nationality
Italian
Type
Nonfiction
Pages
Unknown
Words
103,000
Original Language
Italian

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