The book of the courtier by Castiglione, Baldassarre, conte, 1478-1529; Opdyke, Leonard Eckstein, 1888-
Publication date 1903
The Book of the Courtier was written, partly at Urbino and partly at Rome, between the years 1508 and 1.S16. and was first printed at the Aldine Press, Venice, in the month of April, 1528.
The book, in dialog form, is an elegiac portrait of the exemplary court of Guidobaldo da Montefeltro of Urbino during Castiglione's youthful stay there at the beginning of the sixteenth century. It depicts an elegant philosophical conversation, presided over by Elisabetta Gonzaga, (whose husband, Guidobaldo, an invalid, was confined to bed) and her sister-in-law Emilia Pia.
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