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The Fortunes of the Courtier (History of the Book)

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s/t: The European Reception of Castiglione's Cortegiano Castiglione wrote Cortegiano, or Book of the Courtier as a practical guide to contemporary conduct. 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 Courtier.
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Published October 11th 1995 by Penn State University Press (first published October 1st 1995)
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A very thorough exploration of how Baldassare Castiglione's The Book of the Courtier fared after it's publication in Italy, the rest of Europe, and in a later changing political climate (a.k.a. the rise of absolutism). It was this last section that was most useful to me as it's the period I'm studying, but there was also a really interesting exploration of how translators dealt with translating words with very specific concepts, most especially 'sprezzatura,' a word invented by Castiglione for t ...more
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PETER BURKE (born 1937) is a British historian and professor. He was educated by the Jesuits and at St John's College, Oxford, and was a doctoral candidate at St Antony's College. From 1962 to 1979, he was part of the School of European Studies at Sussex University, before moving to the University of Cambridge, where he holds the title of Professor Emeritus of Cultural History and Fellow of Emmanu ...more