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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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The Book of the Courtier by Baldassare Castiglione | Issue | Philosophy Now

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. It has lots of typos and some kind of coding problem. So while Castiglione is every bit as willing as Machiavelli to recommend forceful political action, even to the point of sanctioning the assassination of a ruler in extreme circumstances, he nevertheless does so within an intellectual context which Machiavelli abandons — that of classical political philosophy.

Well, contemporary for Niccolo Machiavelli. This first came out inand for those of us who can’t read it in the original, there are various translations.

English Choose a language for shopping. Singleton’s translation is very faithful and readable, and exudes the spirit of the original. I’ll get us started with a few modest comments: View all 3 comments. Without the context, the principles come across as a bit empty. It takes the form of a Renaissance dialogue, a literary form that incorporated elements of drama, conversation, philosophy, and essay.

The structure of dialogues is reminisccent of The Decameron.

What he should study. Thanks for telling us about the problem. On the fourth night, the Duchess calls upon two of her courtiers to present their views on topics which will lead the discussion in a more philosophical direction.

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This stands as a contrast to Western culture today. It is a worthwhile book but a bit difficult to access both because I am sure it was better in the Italian but also because it is embedded in a philosophical and cultural scene that is very foreign to modern life, unless you happen to be regularly guided by Aristotle, Plato, Aquinas, and other medieval and renaissance writers.

He’s a figure I won’t ever forget now that I’ve been to his summer residence in Pesaro thanks to the initiative baldassarr my excellent travelling companion who knew all the right places to visit! First, that thf could be a textbook for a political intern or a climber in the business world.


Humanists saw God and nature as two separate concepts, but nature being a servant of God, and how important is for castigilone courtier to be a knowledgeable man who avoids every form of affectation, educates himself in the castihlione of the word, letters and the use of arms, while having hobbies typical of royalty such as hunting, and the study of classics.

Baldassare Castiglione is chiefly known for his prose dialogues titled The Baldqssare of the Courtier, which passed through more than 40 editions in the century after its original publication in Haldassare Family in Renaissance Florence: 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 reading, in particular Alison Cole’s Italian Renaissance Hte which included sections on several 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.

Blog Goodreads Twitter Instagram Youtube It is as though Machiavelli were writing to rebut Castiglione: Central focus on “grazia”: Argument ensues via a list of historical people who are fictionalized for the debate. At the same time though, the courtier is expected to have a warrior spirit, to be athletic, and have good knowledge of the humanities, Classics and fine arts. Reading this was something of a secret and dirty pleasure; the conformation that so little in baldassaree behavior has changed in five centuries, the underhanded social techniques, the unbridled ambition of the players.

The Book of the Courtier.

Considered the definitive account of Renaissance court lifeit is cited frequently, along with Stefano Guazzo ‘s The civil conversation of and Giovanni Della Casa ‘s Galateo ofas an important resource on court life during the Italian Renaissance. If such a prince can be successfully removed without causing balldassare harm than good to the state, then it is ethical for the perfect courtier to act toward this end.

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Another feature of rhetoric which Castiglione discusses is the role of written language and style. Published May 2nd by Dover Publications first published I imagine that to complete the book properly — as I have only visited it very briefly many years ago — it would require of me thd that I visit Naples.


To really follow the argument is tough going. However, reading Castiglionne is vital to understanding the culture at Badassare Courts during the renaissance. Not only does it provide the best illustration of the Renaissance preoccupation with the uomo universale caetiglione, 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.

May 13, Sean Muhlstein rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Concerning statecraft, we see that in the case of a courtier acting to save his state from a corrupt tyrant, if these requirements had been routinely observed in Renaissance Italy, then many of the disasters that followed upon attempts to overthrow or assassinate tyrannical rulers would have been avoided: Leonard Eckstein Opdycke Translator.

Some are more interesting than others.

The book takes the form of a dialogue set at the court of Urbino in or and carried out over the course of four consecutive evenings; thus it consists of four books, each with its own focus and principal speakers. Want to Read saving…. I had set out for Italy with three books in my bag, one of which was this one.

For someone at the middle of the ascent, however, the situation described by Bembo is quite different. This loveliness, indeed, is impressed upon the body in varying degrees as a token by which the soul can be recognized for what it is, just as with trees the beauty of the blossom testifies to the goodness of the fruit. Lucia Sofia Abonandi One of my best readings!

The topics are interesting and comparisons with “guidance” for professionals today come to mind a bit too easily for comfort. In this Platonic dialogue the principal speakers agree that the true ruler must have a specific form of knowledge that enables him to judge rightly and command appropriately. But that’s another topic.