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Cortegiano
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The Libro del Cortegiano (“Book of the Courtier”), published in 1528, discussed the social type of the courtier and proclaimed an ideal of cultivation and conduct in a Humanist spirit (Humanism) that enjoyed a wide reception across Europe in the centuries that followed. It was thus more than just a seminal text of early modern Europe: it contributed in turn to the “Europeanization of Europe” [2. 12], insofar as it served the construction of cultural identity across national boundaries. Courtly culture (Court [monarchical]) and the autonomy of the individual here enter into a …

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Vec, Miloš, “Cortegiano”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 20 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_018145>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206



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