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The Book of the Courtier (Penguin Classics)

The Book of the Courtier (Penguin Classics)
Author: Baldesar Castiglione
ISBN 13: 9780140441925
ISBN 10: 140441921
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 1976-10-28
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
List Price: $16.00

For centuries, Castiglione's perfect courtier provided a model for the educated classes of Europe. But although The Book of the Courtier has sometimes been read as a self-help guide for young men and women, it consists of vivid and colourful dialogues exploring key ethical issues. Should the courtier consciously use "image-management" or rely on his natural talents to attract attention? Should he obey the orders of an immoral prince or try and persuade him to behave better? Is courtliness just a passport to social success or an inspiring spiritual idea?

Sexual equality, wit and humour are among the many issues debated in this deliciously fresh picture of Renaissance court society in Italy.