The Book of the Courtier by Baldesar Castiglione
Today the Book remains the most reliable and illuminating account of Renaissance court life and of what it took to be the Perfect Courtier and Court Lady. The Singleton translation--the most acclaimed and accurate available--is accompanied by annotations. Criticism features ten essays on The Book of the Courtier, which represent the best interpretations from the United States, Italy, and England including the backgrounds-rich essays by Amedeo Quondam and James Hankins. A Selected Bibliography, a Chronology, and an Index are included.
W. W. Norton & Company: 2002.
ISBN: 9780393976069. 334 pp.