Castiglione is the Anti-Machiavelli. Too many modern politicians have spent their time reading the latter, when reading the former could save our little planet a world of problems they've created, again, from reading too much Niccolo.
Where Machiavelli recommends war, Castiglione prefers diplomacy. Where Machiavelli
recommends ruthlessness, Castiglione prefers tact. A healthy respect for women shines forth, and the book on a whole is a good picture of Rennaisance attitudes.