The Book of the Courtier by Baldesar Castiglione

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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.
Softcover. Good+.