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Seller: ancientgifts (4,186) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381804524898 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see almost 800 archaeology/ancient history books and 500 authentic ancient artifacts on our eBay store! The Fortunes of the Courtier: The European Reception of Castiglione’s Cortegiano by Peter Burke. DESCRIPTION: Softcover: 210 pages. Publisher: The Pennsylvania State University Press; (1995). [List Price $35.95] Castiglione's “Cortegiano”, or “Book of the Courtier”, is often read as a book embodying the spirit of the High Renaissance in Italy. It is therefore easy to forget that Castiglione wrote the Courtier as a practical guide to contemporary conduct and that it quickly became a huge success outside Italy. More than a hundred editions have appeared in numerous languages since its first publication in 1528. With this in mind, cultural historian Peter Burke sets forth in his brilliant new book to explore how readers over the years have responded to the Courtier. Because it was read so widely in Europe, the Courtier affords Burke an ideal test case for the diffusion and reception of ideas. From Poland and Hungary to England, Portugal, and even the New World, he takes us on a fascinating tour of courts, libraries, and reading rooms in search of Castiglione's ideal courtier. He shows how changing responses to the Courtier, both positive and negative, reveal changing social values and how regional variations in its reception reflect the emerging cultural map of Europe. His evidence includes printing history, translations, marginalia, and records of sale and possession. He concludes with a discussion of the later fortune of the Courtier, including its role in the "civilizing process" and its curious appeal to writers as different as Samuel Johnson and W. B. Yeats. Informed by Burke’s considerable knowledge of printing and publishing history, this book contributes to our growing understanding of the history of the book and to our knowledge of the Renaissance and its reception. CONDITION: New, never read. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Peter Burke is Reader in Cultural History at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. His numerous books include “Popular Culture in Early Modern Europe”, and more recently, “The Fabrication of Louis XIV”. He is also the editor of “New Perspectives on Historical Writing”. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: The "Courtier" here is Baldassar Castiglione's 1528 publication Cortegiano or “Book of the Courtier”. In this overview of Castiglione's transmontane reception in its first century of publication, Burke, a Cambridge cultural historian, looks at the book's owners, admirers, translators, imitators, critics and philosophical and stylistic predecessors. Like Robert Darnton's bookish histories (most recently, “The Forbidden Bestsellers of Pre-Revolutionary France”), “The Fortunes of the Courtier” keeps a narrow focus but by so doing manages to reveal a great deal about changing social and intellectual attitudes. Take his example of Castiglione's Polish adherent Lukasz Gornicki, whose Polish Courtier is fairly close in many ways but omits women as characters and music, sculpture and painting. Clearly what played in cosmopolitan Urbino was overly dainty for the tastes of the Polish march lords. Then there's the issue of translations, particularly of Castiglione's best-known concept, sprezzatura. Now we might translate it as "insouciance". But that borrowing wasn't available even to French translators until the 19th century, leaving 16th-century English translators to muddle through with clearly unsatisfactory substitutions like "disgracing" or "recklessness." Given the era's changing attitudes as Italophilia changed to Italophobia, Reformation to Counter-reformation, the only thing wrong with this book is that it could profitably have been longer. The end of the book left us wanting more. REVIEW: 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 colorful 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 humor are among the many issues debated in this deliciously fresh picture of Renaissance court society in Italy. REVIEW: An exploration of how readers over the years have responded to a well-known Renaissance text, the Courtier by Castiglione. The Fortunes of the Courtier is an important contribution to intellectual history and to the history of the book. It demonstrates how bibliography, textual criticism, and library history can illuminate the mentality of an age. REVIEW: "The Book of the Courtier (1528) is a series of fictional conversations by courtiers of the Duke of Urbino that take place in 1507, when Baldesar Castiglione was himself attaché to the Duke. Today, the “Book of the Courtier” remains the most illuminating account of court life and its culture in the Renaissance and of what it took to be the "Perfect Courtier" and "Court Lady." This 16th-century treatise on etiquette, social problems, and intellectual accomplishments is cited in “Books for College Libraries”. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: The Book of the Courtier is one of those books that you hear frequently cited, but rarely actually read. It seems a shame to me if it remains unread. I expected it to take me a while to wade through it. I expected it to be dense and difficult to penetrate. Instead, it read very quickly and easy. The prose was modern, lucid, and nearly compulsively readable. The book is structured as a conversational game carried out the court of the Duke of Urbino in the rooms of his wife Elisabetta Gonzaga. In four books, different members of the court sketch out the ideal Courtier and the ideal Lady. The books treat various subjects, including the nature of grace, love, humor, gender equality, and necessary skills. The unfamiliar details of the time are mixed with the quite familiar and recognizable human foibles that are still relevant today. Castiglione is perceptive and witty and quite loving in the way he draws the people in the book. Both the "real" people having the conversation and the imaginary ideal people being described are well developed. I enjoyed it, and I recommend it. You don't need to be a scholar to enjoy it as well. And this study of the impact the book had on Renaissance Europe is exceptional, and adds a great deal of meaning and depth to the reading of the actual book itself. REVIEW: Surprisingly liberal in its approach, The Courtier purports to be four nights' discussion of the ideal courtier. The witty and subtle analysis yields some wonderful surprises. For example, that the courtier should excel at everything, except chess. But the analysis is even more delightful than the conclusions reached. Nothing is left out. Discussions include how the courtier should conduct himself in combat, in society, with his betters, with his inferiors, and in love. It even discusses why one should be a courtier; to be able to influence one's prince to make sound policy. The book “Courtier” was very influential, coming out in over 100 editions in half a dozen languages within a century of its introduction. It's one of the best looks one can get at the Renaissance mind. I've studied this book in 3 modern English translations and one 17th century English translation. This is a great examination of its impact of Renaissance Europe. REVIEW: Forget “The Art of War” and “Book of Five Rings”. While many people would like to think of business as “Mortal Combat” with dollars, the truth is that business is a royal court, with layers of ritual, obsequious flattery, and relationship management. For every real executive empowered to “make the call” there are dozens of people who have only “influence”. Castiglione virtually invents the science of how to influence those above you, and win over your peers with grace and wit. So let other people pop testosterone pills with their Lattes in the morning, thinking it will give them the “killer edge”. You can learn to glide past them with an ease that astonishes. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). The shipment will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world – but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. 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