The Book of the Courtier

Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
Categories: History, Europe
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Publisher's Summary

Set in the court of Urbino in 1507, Castiglione’s The Book of the Courtier presents an invaluable look at court life and culture during the Renaissance. Over four nights of dialogue, the book explores the key question, ‘What should a courtier be like?’ and presents a deep and timeless discussion that is reminiscent of Plato’s Symposium and Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics and invites comparisons with Machiavelli’s The Prince. It is absorbing and enlightening and encompasses a wide range of topics that include dancing, fencing, war, religion, culture, courtly and corporeal love and gender relations, with a surprisingly modern defense of women and equal rights.

Public Domain (P)2018 Naxos AudioBooks

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