The Book of the Courtier (unabridged)

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Baldassare Castiglione

The Book of the Courtier

Read by Nicholas Boulton


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?’; it 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 defence of women and equal rights.

  • 10 CDs

    Running Time: 11 h 24 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-1-78198-125-2
    Cat. no.:NA0305
    CD RRP: $62.98 USD
    Download size:261 MB
    Produced by:John Foley
    Edited by:Andrew Riches
    Translated by:Leonard Eckstein Opdycke (updated)
    Released:May 2018
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