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by Baldesar Castiglione

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ISBN: 0141023880
Author: Baldesar Castiglione
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin UK (November 1, 2005)
Category: Classics
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.6
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And so Baldesar Castiglione's Book of the Courtier (HOW TO ACHIEVE TRUE GREATNESS) begins. This slim volume, divided into two sections, The First and Second Book of the Courtier, flows easily from one section to the next.

And so Baldesar Castiglione's Book of the Courtier (HOW TO ACHIEVE TRUE GREATNESS) begins. Count Lodovico da Canossa promptly took the lead with several other gentlemen joining in, alternating, adding and sometimes lending direction to the debate.

Part of Penguin "Great Ideas" series, this book is an excerpt from the Renaissance writer Baldesar Castiglione. It is written for the patrons of the Italian court on how to behave properly. The ethical debate comes from a two night debate which becomes so heated that they forget about time and dawn arises.

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From the 100-part Penguin Great Ideas series comes an excerpt from the famous Book of the Courtier. In his witty and perceptive discourses on the ideal virtues of a Renaissance courtier, Baldesar Castiglione sets out values that continue to offer illumination in questions of leadership and such qualities as prudence, courage, loyalty, affability, and style, and even encouraging the playing of sport as one of the best ways to gain influence and power. Penguin Great Ideas: Throughout history, some books have changed the world.

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Comments:

Gerceytone
This book is just the first third of a much longer work. The entire work, The Book of the Courtier, is well worth reading for the insights into Renaissance Itay's court life, and well as some thoughtful (though cynical) discussions of behavior in the halls of power.
It's good, but getting the complete work rather than this excessively truncated version is the way to go.

E. M. Van Court
Gajurus
It was an unplanned discussion that would unexpectedly last through the night only to conclude at the break of day. The previous evening a small group of men and women gathered at a palace nestled in the heart of central Italy. The palace, facing Mount Cataria, in Arbon, would set the scene for one of the most important fictional discussions concerning Italian Renaissance court life during the sixteenth century.

Duke Federico Guidobaldo, owner of the palace, was known to retire early, but that didn't mean the fun and games of the evening were to be cancelled. On the contrary they went into full swing that very night when Duchess Elisabetta Gonzaga and signora Emilia Pia took upon themselves to begin the festivities with the command that the game of the evening would be that "one of us should be chosen and given the task of depicting in words a perfect courtier, explaining the character and the particular qualities needed by anyone who deserves such a title." A courtier throughout the ages has been known as one who attends to a powerful person such as a king or head of state and in turn receives special privilege. And so Baldesar Castiglione's Book of the Courtier (HOW TO ACHIEVE TRUE GREATNESS) begins. This slim volume, divided into two sections, The First and Second Book of the Courtier, flows easily from one section to the next.

Count Lodovico da Canossa promptly took the lead with several other gentlemen joining in, alternating, adding and sometimes lending direction to the debate. Signors Gaspare Pallavicino, Bernardo Bibbiena, Cesare Gonzaga, Ottaviano, Pietro Bembo, Morello da Ortona, Magnifico Giuliano ... all opinionated men to the letter carried on through the night with the Count. The Count claimed that "he [the ideal courtier] should put ever effort and diligence into surpassing the rest just a little in everything, to that he may always be recognized as superior." Numerous attributes and virtues attributed to their ideal courtier ranged from those physical attributes of being "well built, finely proportioned members" to possessing a fine mind and being a "more than average scholar." Their courtier should be a perfect man in every way. It would be a rare man who could fit their bill.

I didn't find Baldassar's (Baldassare in Italian) work to be a difficult or weighty read, but rather one of numerous thoughts and debate to be considered as a whole. The cast of characters, was a bit difficult to follow at times, but taking notes proved to be quite helpful. This work philosophically meshes with the work of Aristotle and his conjecture of the "perfect man," whom the courtier, I suspect, may have been modeled after. This book isn't one which the average reader would pick up and read on a lark, but rather one that might be considered by all who aspire to leadership positions, anyone with an interest in sixteenth century Italy, and those who enjoy philosophical debate.
Άνουβις
In this book Castiglione provides advice on how can become a truly successful "courtier", in other words one who is hanger on to nobility and decision makers. It has plenty of relatively shallow advice on "skills" needed to advance to such a position such as being a good dancer, playing sport, being "refined" in terms of literature, etc. However, he seems to place little emphasis on serious thinking or knowledge of such fields as international relations, etc., unlike Machiavelli. This is ironic as he also states that one of the main goals of a good courtier is to provide truthful and good advice to the prince or noble he may be attached to.

In short, Castiglione's advice is very well suited for someone desiring to move up to a position of courtier but unfortunately this advice really does not maximize the ability of that courtier in serving the noble or prince he is attached to in a way that will benefit society in general. If anything, this advice, due to its emphasis on the shallow and superficial, prevents the "hanger on" from providing the high quality advice to princes they were desperately in need of. This book hence points out one major weakness of medieval style regimes based on nobles and princes - that the superficiality of their courtiers had done great damage to the very princes it was intended to prop up and to the societies of those times. For this reason I give this book a 4 star rating - not for any advice to courtiers that may benefit princes or society.
Painbrand
This book is a classic in terms of philosophy and one that is certainly motivating. If only we could all apply the advice contained within it to our lives. This Penguin Great Books series edition makes it even better by presenting it in a artistic, compact form. The text is clear and well-edited and truly a great addition to one's personal library.
Nothing personal
An excellent read, on how one may best carry oneself and hold ones composure in dealings with others and society.

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