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CASTIGLIONE, B.: Book of the Courtier (The) (Unabridged)

    

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CASTIGLIONE, B.: Book of the Courtier (The) (Unabridged)

Set in the court of Urbino in 1507, Castiglione’s The Book of the Courtier presents an invaluable look at court life and culture during the Renaissance. Over four nights of dialogue, the book explores the key question, ‘What should a courtier be like?’; it presents a deep and timeless discussion that is reminiscent of Plato’s Symposium and Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, and invites comparisons with Machiavelli’s The Prince. It is absorbing and enlightening, and encompasses a wide range of topics that include dancing, fencing, war, religion, culture, courtly and corporeal love and gender relations, with a surprisingly modern defence of women and equal rights.



Disc 1

  The Book of the Courtier (Unabridged)
1.   The Book of the Courtier 00:13:27
2.   The First Book of the Courtier 00:10:16
3.   The same was it among the ladies… 00:12:26
4.   My lady Duchess laughed, and the Unico… 00:11:25
5.   'I wish, then, that this Courtier of ours…' 00:11:31
6.   Then my lord Gaspare replied: 'As for me…' 00:11:36


Disc 2

  The Book of the Courtier (Unabridged)
1.   Then Messer Cesare Gonzaga said…' 00:11:39
2.   Then my lord Magnifico said: 'This is true…' 00:12:04
3.   The Magnifico said: 'I cannot and in reason…' 00:11:52
4.   'We, on the contrary, much more strict…' 00:11:25
5.   Then the Count said: 'I fear we shall be entering…' 00:11:24
6.   'Thus you know Alexander held Homer…' 00:12:17


Disc 3

  The Book of the Courtier (Unabridged)
1.   Then my lord Gaspare said: 'I admit that music…' 00:11:28
2.   Therefore painting seems to me nobler… 00:10:40
3.   The Second Book of the Courtier 00:10:16
4.   Therefore let it be allowed us also to follow… 00:10:34
5.   'And I remember having in my time known…' 00:09:53
6.   Messer Federico replied: 'I regard as beautiful…' 00:10:40
7.   Without waiting for more, Pietro da Napoli… 00:09:40


Disc 4

  The Book of the Courtier (Unabridged)
1.   Then Messer Federico replied: 'I will by no…' 00:11:31
2.   'But I do not wish to touch on painful subjects.' 00:11:19
3.   'What,' replied my lord Gaspare, 'do you say…' 00:11:17
4.   'Sometimes, thinking it to be droll and witty…' 00:11:04
5.   'Hence in our mode of life and conversation…' 00:12:27
6.   'Moreover we must diligently consider…' 00:12:34


Disc 5

  The Book of the Courtier (Unabridged)
1.   Messer Bernardo said: 'They must rather have…' 00:11:42
2.   'But among other witticisms those have…' 00:11:25
3.   'You see that this situation gave opportunity…' 00:10:14
4.   'Don Giovanni di Cardona said something…' 00:10:44
5.   'Another time Rafaello de Pazzi saw a letter…' 00:11:26
6.   Then my lady Duchess said: 'And why do you…' 00:09:13
7.   And so, after they had again laughed awhile… 00:08:31


Disc 6

  The Book of the Courtier (Unabridged)
1.   Then Messer Bernardo said, laughing… 00:13:30
2.   The Third Book of the Courtier 00:11:33
3.   'Laying aside, then, those faculties of the mind…' 00:11:36
4.   Then my lord Gaspare said: 'I do not wish…' 00:12:01
5.   'I do not see, my lord Magnifico,'… 00:11:54
6.   The Magnifico Giuliano laughed, and said…' 00:11:10


Disc 7

  The Book of the Courtier (Unabridged)
1.   My lord Gaspare said: 'It may be that this lady…' 00:11:51
2.   'But laying all others aside, tell me, my lord…' 00:12:39
3.   Then Messer Cesare, who had been silent… 00:11:02
4.   'Forgive me, my lord Gaspare, if I say the truth…' 00:12:46
5.   Messer Cesare having ceased speaking… 00:11:23
6.   Then my lord Gaspare said, laughing… 00:12:20


Disc 8

  The Book of the Courtier (Unabridged)
1.   'My Lady,' replied the Unico… 00:10:08
2.   The Magnifico replied: 'Love affairs that have…' 00:10:29
3.   Then my lord Gaspare said: 'Another cause…' 00:10:29
4.   If, then, these men had lived… 00:10:16
5.   'From this it follows that…' 00:10:11
6.   Then my lord Ottaviano said, smiling…' 00:09:27
7.   My lord Ottaviano replied: 'You have judged…' 00:10:16


Disc 9

  The Book of the Courtier (Unabridged)
1.   My lord Ottaviano replied: 'With that gentle…' 00:12:18
2.   Then my lord Gaspare said: 'I should much like…' 00:10:39
3.   'I should say then, that the prince ought to…' 00:10:17
4.   My lord Ottaviano added: 'I think, then…' 00:12:30
5.   My lord Ottaviano laughed, and said: 'My lord…' 00:12:40
6.   Then my lady Duchess said: 'I am glad, Messer…' 00:10:59


Disc 10

  The Book of the Courtier (Unabridged)
1.   Here Bembo paused a little, as if to rest… 00:10:43
2.   Messer Pietro Bembo was silent… 00:10:55
3.   'Therefore the lover who considers beauty…' 00:10:39
4.   'What mortal tongue, then, O most holy Love…' 00:09:05

Total Playing Time: 11:23:46






Author(s):
Castiglione, Baldassare

Reader(s):
Boulton, Nicholas

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Non-Fiction

Catalogue No: NA0305

Barcode: 9781781981245

Physical Release: 05/2018

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