The Book of the Courtier Book One

As the essay stresses&nbsp.the Renaissance courtier was the ideal man who was knowledgeable in all that he did.&nbsp. In appearance, he was muscular and athletic, and therefore fond of sports, but at the same time, he also had a fervent understanding of the arts.&nbsp. An ideal courtier should be accomplished in all of the proper hobbies and skills. He needed to be familiar with weapons and weaponry, and he knew how to fight in different fighting situations. these included on horseback, and on ground.&nbsp. The ideal courtier was also very well educated, and knew how to read both Greek and Latin, as well as a technical language.&nbsp. The ideal courtier also had to be musically inclined, playing instruments for his own enjoyment as well as for the enjoyment of others.&nbsp. All of these talents he should practice with a passion privately, but in public, he needed to make his talents appear as if they were performed effortlessly.&nbsp.&nbsp.
From this study it is clear that&nbsp.&nbsp.aside from these talents, the ideal courtier also had to have qualities behind his personality. One of the prime qualities a courtier had to have was loyalty. he must be loyal to his or her prince. He also had to be distinguished but not a braggart. his accomplishments were something he should never mention highly, although he should always appear confident.&nbsp.He should always make sure he was kind to all at court or not at court, in an effort to make sure he could be friends with almost anyone.&nbsp. To be an ideal courtier, one must always be willing to help out one’s friends, without asking for anything in return. He also needed to know when to speak up in a conversation, and when he should remain silent. These qualities are certainly in desire for any ideal man at any time in the world. While these personality qualities are not based on the foundation of education, it can be argued that one could be educated about them in order to make himself an ideal courtier. If one were to succeed at court, one would want to know all of the correct ways of etiquette, and this, in itself, can be learned through education. A good education emerges again as the solid foundation for the courtier’s skills and talents.

All of these talents and qualities allowed the courtier to be respected by his noblemen and countrymen. During this time period, it must be recalled, all of the working classes did the labor, while the nobles had the free time to focus on perfecting their bodies and minds. For the nobles, living in the castles promised ever-increasing education as well as the desire to amuse oneself at every term. Since the