Dr. Andrew N Allphin
Baldassare Castiglione wrote The Book of the Courtier between the years 1507 to 1518. Baldassare was inspired to write the book from debates and conversations that occurred during the eleven years that he spent at the court Urbino, while he was part of the Duke’s Court. “This book changed the Renaissance greatly in many ways such as the behaviour expectations of the courtier and what his wife should do to help her husband” (Matt). “Translated into Spanish (1534), French (1537), English (1561), and German (1566), The Courtier saw some 40 editions in the 16th century alone and a hundred more by 1900” (Thomson Gale). The book took popularity with many as a guide to self-improvement. The term l’uomo universal translates to mean a well-rounded person or as our book States “Literally, “universal man”; a self-reliant, multitalented, freethinking individual” (Sayre, 2011. p. 490). The excerpt from The Book of the Courtier, Book 1 found in our textbook States that “The work is a celebration of the ideal character of the Renaissance humanist and the Ethical behavior associated with that ideal” (Sayre, 2011. p. 491). The Courtier describes to Some extent how a person should think, such as portraying himself well, being true to his Country, and to project a positive image. He continues with methods of behavior and qualities Of ethics for both men and women including choosing the right friends, not to be envious of One, being educated, versed in dancing and arts and to have good grace. In my survey consisted of thirty-seven questions of which I deleted six during the tabulation of the results because either the question was not answered or it was answered with both answers. Each question was a characteristic of a trait required in The Courtier of which the answer was relevant or irrelevant. Of the remaining questions, sixteen questions pertained to the...