The Court Lady In The Book Of The Courtier
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The Court Lady in The Book of The Courtier
As a ship is without a sail or a king with no castle, so too is a courtier without a Court lady. In "The Book of the Courtier" Baldesar Castiglione not only included a perfect courtier, he also molded his female equivalent, a Court lady. "The Courtier" itself was a step by step guide intended to instruct the young, affluent and upwardly mobile in areas of manners, learning, sport and conduct. It was published in 1528, at a high point of humanistic thought and antiquarian chivalric interest in Renaissance Italy. Often overlooked or undervalued is the discussion of the ideal Court lady, described in eloquent and perfect detail by the characters of Caesar and Magnifico, who was assigned by the Duchess to create "such a woman that these adversaries of ours [Gaspare and Ottaviano] will be ashamed to deny that she is equal in worth to the courtier."
The discussion on the Court lady began from an argument over the proper w...
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