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The Book Of The Courtier
by Baldassare Castiglione, Ed. By Walter Alexander Raleigh, Trans. By Thomas Hoby
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An insider's view of court life and culture during the Renaissance, here is the handiwork of a 16th-century diplomat who was called upon to resolve the differences in a war of etiquette among the Italian nobility. The ultimate resource on aristocratic manners, it remains the most definitive account of life among the Renaissance nobility.
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