The Book of the Courtier

Author: Baldesar Castiglione

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141916516

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 368

View: 8648

In The Book of the Courtier (1528), Baldesar Castiglione, a diplomat and Papal Nuncio to Rome, sets out to define the essential virtues for those at Court. In a lively series of imaginary conversations between the real-life courtiers to the Duke of Urbino, his speakers discuss qualities of noble behaviour - chiefly discretion, decorum, nonchalance and gracefulness - as well as wider questions such as the duties of a good government and the true nature of love. Castiglione's narrative power and psychological perception make this guide both an entertaining comedy of manners and a revealing window onto the ideals and preoccupations of the Italian Renaissance at the moment of its greatest splendour.

The Book of the Courtier

Author: Baldassare Castiglione

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486122409

Category: History

Page: 470

View: 8927

An insider's view of court life during the Renaissance, here is the handiwork of a 16th-century diplomat who was called upon to resolve the differences in a war of etiquette among the Italian nobility.

The Book of the Courtier

Author: Baldassare Castiglione

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486427027

Category: History

Page: 456

View: 9446

An insider's view of court life and culture during the Renaissance, 'The Book of the Courtier' is the handiwork of a diplomat who was called upon to resolve the differences in a war of etiquette among the Italian nobility. Set in 1507, when Castiglione was an attaché to the Duke of Urbino, the book consists of a series of fictional conversations between members of the Duke's retinue, who discuss the virtues and conduct of the ideal courtier. Translated into many languages after its 1528 publication, it became the ultimate resource on aristocratic manners, offering sixteenth-century readers a manual on how to behave. Today, it remains the most definitive account of life among the Renaissance nobility.


Author: Baldesar Castiglione

Publisher: Penguin Classics

ISBN: 9780140441925

Category: Fiction

Page: 367

View: 3044

The early-sixteenth-century writing records the characteristics of the perfect Renaissance courtier and ideal lady of the court.


The Art of Renaissance Accessories

Author: Bella Mirabella

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472051172

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 342

View: 6728

Original essays by leading scholars on the significance of accessories in the cultural, social, and political lives of men and women in the Renaissance

A Renaissance Tapestry

The Gonzaga of Mantua

Author: Kate Simon

Publisher: HarperCollins


Category: History

Page: 309

View: 1798

A microcosm of Renaissance Italy is presented through this family history of the Gonzaga of Mantua, one of the reigning families of the period

The Firework Maker's Daughter

Author: Philip Pullman,Stephen Russell

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849435189

Category: Drama

Page: 96

View: 5594

Lila dreams to become a firework-maker, just like her father. In order to become a true firework-maker, she sets off alone on a perilous journey to reach the terrifying Fire-Fiend. She travels through jungles alive with crocodiles, snakes, monkeys and pirates, and climbs up the scolding volcano. On finding the Fire-Fiend, she realises more is at stake than she ever imagined. Will Lila survive? Lila’s is the kind of magical adventure that all children dream of and the gripping story of the fleet-footed heroine will livelong in the memory of anyone who enters her world.


Lost Genius

Author: Timothy J. Standring,Martin Clayton

Publisher: Royal Collection Publications

ISBN: 9781905686773

Category: Art

Page: 175

View: 9763

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (160964) was perhaps the most innovative and technically brilliant Italian draftsman of his time.Working in oils on paper he produced large, vibrant compositions as works of art in their own right; his dramatic etchings were as intense as those of Rembrandt; and he combined drawing and printmaking to invent the technique of the monotype.Though highly esteemed for a century after his death, he has fallen from fame in the modern era. In this book, the first publication on Castiglione in decades, extensive new research reveals the story of the artists scandalous private life, in fascinating contrast to the ethereal beauty of his art. Illustrated with over 80 of Castigliones extraordinary works from the Royal Collection, this catalogue restores his reputation as one of the great artists of the Baroque.

The Lives of the Artists

Author: Giorgio Vasari

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191605484

Category: Art

Page: 624

View: 3726

Packed with facts, attributions, and entertaining anecdotes about his contemporaries, Vasari's collection of biographical accounts also presents a highly influential theory of the development of Renaissance art. Beginning with Cimabue and Giotto, who represent the infancy of art, Vasari considers the period of youthful vigour, shaped by Donatello, Brunelleschi, Ghiberti, and Masaccio, before discussing the mature period of perfection, dominated by the titanic figures of Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo. This specially commissioned translation contains thirty-six of the most important lives as well as an introduction and explanatory notes. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

The Selfish Gene

Author: Richard Dawkins

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192860927

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 352

View: 6561

An ethologist shows man to be a gene machine whose world is one of savage competition and deceit

The Tale of Sinuhe and Other Ancient Egyptian Poems, 1940-1640 BC

Author: R. B. Parkinson

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192839664

Category: Poetry

Page: 298

View: 4300

"This anthology contains all the substantial surviving works from the golden age of Ancient Egyptian fictional literature (c.1940-1640 B.C.). Composed by an anonymous author in the form of a funerary autobiography, the Tale tells how the courtier Sinuhe flees Egypt at the death of his king. His adventures bring wealth and happiness, but his failure to find meaningful life abroad is only redeemed by the new king's sympathy, and he finally returns to the security of his homeland. Other works from the Middle Kingdom include a poetic dialogue between a man and his soul on the problem of suffering and death, a teaching about the nature of wisdom which is bitterly spoken by the ghost of the assassinated King Amenemhat I, and a series of light-hearted tales of wonder from the court of the builder of the Great Pyramid."--BOOK JACKET.

On the Reproduction of Capitalism

Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses

Author: Louis Althusser

Publisher: Verso Trade

ISBN: 1781681643

Category: Philosophy

Page: 285

View: 8261

Published for the first time in English, this influential work discusses the author's conception of historical materialism, outlining the conditions of reproduction in capitalist society and the revolutionary struggle for its overthrow and addressing questions that still haunt us today. Original.

The Book of the City of Ladies

Author: Christine (de Pisan)

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0140446893

Category: Fiction

Page: 283

View: 1043

'Philosophers, poets and orators too numerous to mention all speak with one voice and are unanimous in their view that female nature is wholly given up to vice.' It was this misogynist consensus that Christine de Pizan (c.1364-1430), France's first professional woman of letters, confronted head-on in the City of Ladies. Here, with the help of Reason, Rectitude and Justice, Christine constructs an allegorical city in which to defend womankind, using examples of female virtue and achievement both from the past and her own day as the stones with which to build the city's walls and towers. A key text in the history of feminism, this book provides powerful, positive images of women and also offers a fascinating insight into the debates and controversies about the position of women in medieval culture.


The Most Triumphant City

Author: George Bull

Publisher: Michael Joseph


Category: Arts

Page: 192

View: 7012


The Courtiers

Splendor and Intrigue in the Georgian Court at Kensington Palace

Author: Lucy Worsley

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 0802719872

Category: History

Page: 402

View: 846

An 18th-century portrait of the palace most recognized as an official home of several British royal family members focuses on the Hanover family during the reigns of George I and II, describing the intrigue, ostentatious fashions and politicking that marked court life. By the author of Cavalier.

The Hall of Uselessness

Collected Essays

Author: Simon Leys

Publisher: Black Inc.

ISBN: 1921870842

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 586

View: 7019

Simon Leys' cultural and political commentary has long been legendary for its profundity and acerbic wit. In The Hall of Uselessness his most significant essays are finally gathered together, on subjects ranging from China to Orwell, from Quixotism to the sea. Leys feuds with Christopher Hitchens, ponders the popularity of Victor Hugo and analyses whether Nabokov's unfinished novel should ever have been published. He dissects Mao's Cultural Revolution and the Khmer Rouge, and discusses Waugh, Simenon and Confucius. He considers Chinese art, culture and politics, the joys and difficulties of lit.

Love Letters

Author: Peter Washington

Publisher: Everyman's Library

ISBN: 9780679446897

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 255

View: 2694

Two hundred love letters by fictional characters and historic figures, includes Eloise's exchange of romantic vows with Abelard, Mozart's teasing exchange with his wife, Franz Kafka's pining for Felice, and a sampling of Anais Nin's erotic writings

The Pencil

A History of Design and Circumstance

Author: Henry Petroski

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 0307772438

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 448

View: 8985

Henry Petroski traces the origins of the pencil back to ancient Greece and Rome, writes factually and charmingly about its development over the centuries and around the world, and shows what the pencil can teach us about engineering and technology today. From the Trade Paperback edition.