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Fortunes of the Courtier: The European Reception of Castiglione's Cortegiano
Peter Burke
0271015179
January 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
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...

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