• Title: The Fortunes of the Courtier (History of the Book)
  • Author: Peter Burke
  • ISBN: 9780271015170
  • Page: 234
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Fortunes of the Courtier History of the Book s t The European Reception of Castiglione s Cortegiano An exploration of how readers over the years have responded to a well known Renaissance text the Courtier by Castiglione Castiglione s Cortegian
    s t The European Reception of Castiglione s Cortegiano An exploration of how readers over the years have responded to a well known Renaissance text, the Courtier by Castiglione Castiglione s Cortegiano, or the Courtier, is one of the best known texts of the Italian Renaissance When it first appeared in 1528, the Courtier was widely read as a guide to contemporary conducs t The European Reception of Castiglione s Cortegiano An exploration of how readers over the years have responded to a well known Renaissance text, the Courtier by Castiglione Castiglione s Cortegiano, or the Courtier, is one of the best known texts of the Italian Renaissance When it first appeared in 1528, the Courtier was widely read as a guide to contemporary conduct Its popularity led to its publication in six languages in twenty different European centers in the sixteenth century alone While the text itself has been studied very carefully in recent years as the embodiment of the spirit of the High Renaissance, its multitude of readers, spread over the world, has received much less attention In this engaging study Peter Burke explores 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 the courts, libraries, and reading rooms of Europe in search of Castiglione s idea of the perfect 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 early modern 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 bookcontributes to our growing understanding of the history of the book and to our knowledge of the Renaissance and its reception.

    One Reply to “The Fortunes of the Courtier (History of the Book)”

    1. 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 [...]

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