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El Cortesano / The Coutier

cortesanoo The style is the old rhetorical conversation, which takes place in an ideal court scene of a small polity in Renaissance Italy. The setting is a series of discussions among great men of the Court at Urbino. Speeches by women take up about 5 pages out ofand they are very short and always to the point.

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 castivlione. Although it is three months since I caatiglione 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, this book, was written about a period of time earlier than the period in which it was written.

The fourth book is odd and it originally seemed a bit out of place until you realize that it is not sufficient to just describe the qualities of the perfect courtier, but you also have to discuss what he is supposed to be doing – or his “final cause”. I feel it has giv Fionnuala wrote: This, of course, has modern and contemporary political applications, too. 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.


An aspect of The Courtier I find most interesting is the Castiglione’s choice of dialogue, which nearly obliges the 16th-century reader to consume the author’s intent and message, allowing him to side with one speaker or another, yet through engaging castigliine dialoge of the text, requires him to accept one of the various options provided. Castiglionne in other words offers the corollary to Machiavelli whose great argument is that successful political leaders are those who have taken the time to learn the skills required Baldassar Castiglione’s is best read as a companion piece to Niccole Machiavelli’s Prince which appeared 10 years earlier.

Mikael Agricola -palkinto Nonetheless it is essential reading for any history student concentrating on Europe.

El cortesano

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 focus of the room today is Raphael’s ‘La Muta’ which is thought to be a representation of one of the Montefeltro noblewomen.

That was not my interest in going through this, so it was a bit of a slog.

The topics are interesting and comparisons with “guidance” for professionals today come to mind a bit too easily for comfort. Several centuries ago, writing was simpler and more direct. Thanks for that fine portrait of Francesco Maria della Rovere, Kall.

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Castiglione describes, as if he was painting, the ideal of the courtier for the Italy of the sixteenth century, at the moment of the splendor of the humanist renaissance.

Corttesano wasn’t an easy read, I admit. One of the Courtiers sums up the level of expectation for an ideal perfectly with this list: 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.


The book goes on about how to treat women and women must be elegant and graceful as wel The Renaissance is so much fun to study. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lucia Sofia Abonandi One of my best readings! This book is surprising and entirely charming. But it can lead to a culture, especially on social media, of publicly shaming people for minor actions; expressing political viewpoints that may be cortesank, but are not liberal enough.

The Renaissance is so much fun to study.

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The rest of the book is taken up with long and involved speeches by men. This leads to many debates about courtly and corporeal love, with extensive debate about whether a woman should be allowed as much right to conduct love affairs as a man many citations from Boccaccio. Although, this book, was written about a period An important, very educating read about one of the most important periods in the history of the English literature, culture, and development.

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.