The Book of the Courtier (Dover Value Editions) by Baldassare Castiglione

By Baldassare Castiglione

An insider's view of courtroom existence and tradition throughout the Renaissance, here's the handiwork of a 16th-century diplomat who used to be referred to as upon to unravel the variations in a conflict of etiquette one of the Italian the Aristocracy. the last word source on aristocratic manners, it continues to be the main definitive account of existence one of the Renaissance the Aristocracy.

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Machiavelli 218 Renaissance and Reformation: Biographies Machiavelli’s Ideas Misinterpreted Over the centuries Machiavelli became famous as a sinister and ruthless politician because of the philosophy he expressed in The Prince. Many modern historians have concluded that his ideas were misrepresented by other sixteenth-century writers, and that such a harsh judgment was unfair. The main source of the misrepresentation of Machiavelli’s ideas was the English translation, in 1577, of a work called Contre-Machiavel (Contrary to Machiavelli) by the French Huguenot (Protestant) writer Gentillet.

A crowd of spectators, with odd and varied faces, flutters around and peers at Mary (mother of Jesus), who is holding the baby Jesus. In the background the three Magi are mounted on horses that prance among intricate architectural ruins. The painting also illustrates a strong sense of order. Traditionally, in paintings of this story Mary and Jesus appeared at one side of the picture and the Magi approached from the other side. Leonardo departed from tradition by placing Mary and Jesus in the center of the composition.

Instead, Machiavelli argued, the Borgias were merely victims of random fortune. Machiavelli 218 Renaissance and Reformation: Biographies Machiavelli’s Ideas Misinterpreted Over the centuries Machiavelli became famous as a sinister and ruthless politician because of the philosophy he expressed in The Prince. Many modern historians have concluded that his ideas were misrepresented by other sixteenth-century writers, and that such a harsh judgment was unfair. The main source of the misrepresentation of Machiavelli’s ideas was the English translation, in 1577, of a work called Contre-Machiavel (Contrary to Machiavelli) by the French Huguenot (Protestant) writer Gentillet.

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