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how in god s name do you rate a book you read for a class in two days when you haven t read a whole book in two weeksI think what I found interesting about this is the parallelism between today and later ideals and mistakes and the desire for perfection 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 It is perhaps important to view Courtier as a wo how in god s name do you rate a book you read for a class in two days when you haven t read a whole book in two weeksI think what I found interesting about this is the parallelism between today and later ideals and mistakes and the desire for perfection 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 It is perhaps important to view Courtier as a work of its time while Castiglione may likely share ideals with the participants, this is not only about the qualities of a perfect court, but about the priorities of men women in the world they live within One of the Courtiers sums up the level of expectation for an ideal perfectly with this listTherefore, let the man we are seeking be exceedingly fierce, harsh, and always among the first, wherever the enemy is and in every other place, humane, modest, reserved, avoiding ostentation above all things 25A perfect Duke must exhibit perfect duality of strength and humanity, and demonstrate it perfectly in both situations, in other words, the balance of sprezzatura This expresses the Renaissance ideal of perfect duality it is not good to be talented at one thing, and rather, we must all be talented in many areas 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 Another, perhapsrelevant, aspect of the Courtier s discussion on Renaissance values is demonstrated hereAnd just as among women the name of purity, once stained, is never restored, so the reputation of a gentleman whose profession is arms, if ever in the least way he sullies himself through cowardice or other disgrace, always remains defiled before the world and covered with ignominy 22In this world, mistakes are not an accepted part of life they are life destroyers, leaving your name defiled forever This, in contrast to the first point, does parallel Western culture Recent political discourse in our culture especially has often focused on the growth of callout culture the idea of calling out problematic racist, sexist, homophobic, or just plain awful things that celebrities do This culture definitely has good results when used correctly, it can take away from the normalization of homophobic and racist comments in our culture 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 This can lead to people, especially minors, being afraid of behaving badly not because they care about the feelings of other people, but because they are afraid of public shaming definite parallel Another similarity comes in the idea that women may be stainedeasily than men the idea of calling out celebrities often seems to apply to women farthan 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 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.The book also shows how to treat women and women must be elegant and graceful as wellI read it a few m 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.The book also shows how to treat women and women must be elegant and graceful as wellI read it a few months ago, since I was learning about the Renaissance at that time 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 guylikeme a freak who has an appreciation for politics and history wo 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 guylikeme a freak who has an appreciation for politics and history won t be running up to people on the street and spouting theories on sprezzatura, but he ll probably enjoy some of it nonetheless 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 99% of the humor in this work is based off in jokes from the 16th century I m not one of the cool kids, so that part was lost on me, but I did enjoy some of thehistorical references and factual information about figures like Caesar and Alexander who are used frequently in developing this perfect courtier Bottom line 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 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 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 right to conduct love affairs as a man many citations from Boccaccio One curmudgeon finds a way on each day of the game discussion to berate women, but the others rally to prove him wrong The range of opinions about how a woman should conduct herself, and men s role in relation to her are interesting They suggest that one can t present a simplistic historical view of women s place during this period.The last part of this edition briefly debates the best form of government and then gives one participant the floor for an extensive speech on the most fundamental quality of a courtier the responsibility to advise his prince honestly The courtier must gently influence his liege in order to keep the monarch from self indulgence, arrogance and misrule, all errors that flow from the conniving flattery of other courtiers The listeners retort that this role would require a courtier too old and experienced to carry out the other courtier duties of dandy, soldier and lover, lest he subject himself to ridicule The last speaker says that no, he could fulfill the role of lover of beauty, because true beauty is a thing in itself, a gift of God, and is not inherent in the thing that exhibits it So a mature courtier could admire a beautiful lady without having to possess her, in fact that would be the truest expression of sublime love.A bit slow in places, but interesting for the range of views it presents as being debated in courts of the time ( FREE ) ♨ The Book Of The Courtier: From The Italian Of Count Baldassare Castiglione ⚖ This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world s literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work Figuren Von An- Und Abwesenheit it may contain imperfections such as marks House of Testosterone notations Cloth Dolls marginalia and flawed pages Because we believe this work is culturally important Blood for Dignity we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting Love Across Color Lines preserving Football Rules Pictures and promoting the world s literature in affordable Gluttony (The Elite Seven, high quality La télé nuit-elle à votre santé? modern editions that are true to the original work 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 thehe 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 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 thehe 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 the two were written in a very similar political climate in Italy, Machiavelli concerned himself with the harsh political realities of the ways affairs were actually conducted, while Baldasar Castiglione s work wasof a prescriptive guidebook for courtly behavior I have recently likened it in a paper to a Castilian work written about two decades earlier Fernando del Pulgar s Claros varones de Castilla 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 the dialoge of the text, requires him to accept one of the various options provided This, of course, has modern and contemporary political applications, too It s just good rhetoric 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 ideal 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 ideal gentleman and perfect courtier The historical value of The Courtier apart from its influence outside Italy, is twofold It is first and foremost a compendium of Renaissance thought Not only does it provide the best illustration of the Renaissance preoccupation with the uomo universale , the many sided man it also touches, however briefly, on all the themes, great and trivial, pursued in contemporary Italian literature and thought, from the importance of study and imitation of the classical world to the role of Fortune in human affairs Moreover, it sets before us the ideals of the Renaissance and in this way it corrects and complements the picture of how Renaissance men did behave as drawn, say, by Cellini with an account of the moral and aesthetic standards to which many of them at least aspired 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 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 with many disputations about chastity and which sex is better at it, andand how love should proceed between a courtier and a lady Some hold that a lady should only love when it is possible to marry others, not A definite period piece but useful for anyone interested in the period 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. 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 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 his opinions are refuted by therational characters involved Anyway, so for this period in history and especially in Italy I find Castiglione s viewpoint to be very informed and his ideas very progressive.So, this was assigned reading for me, and yet I still liked it I would have liked itif I wasn t taking notes every few minutes for my paper, so I might read it again to really getof the poetry of the language and maybe focuson the actual features of the ideal courtier