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Above and beyond the call of the perfect Courtier,
This review is from: The Book of the Courtier (Classics) (Paperback)
Baldesar Castiglione, writing at the beginning of the fifteen hundreds, shows a game held at the Court of Urbino where the lords, and to an extent the ladies, decide to play a game where they have to create the 'perfect courtier'. The first two books are devoted to the courtier, where the lords discuss humour, physical activities to be adopted by a courtier, how a courtier should be the best at everything and love.
Book three debates the lady of the court, they ladies act against what the Magnifico says, and when defended against ignorance they ask him to explain what he means because they do not understand. So I am not sure what Castiglione's point was at this juncture. For he is not consistant in this arguement
Though despite the minor blip in the sense of Book three (which was very intertaining) this book is well worth reading. Gives a great insight in to the attitudes and values of the medieval world. Is also helpful in the modern day, giving a model for perfect politeness.