The Book of the Courtier

Author: Baldesar Castiglione
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780141916514
Release Date: 2004-04-29
Genre: Literary Collections

In The Book of the Courtier (1528), Baldesar Castiglione, a diplomat and Papal Nuncio to Rome, sets out to define the essential virtues for those at Court. In a lively series of imaginary conversations between the real-life courtiers to the Duke of Urbino, his speakers discuss qualities of noble behaviour - chiefly discretion, decorum, nonchalance and gracefulness - as well as wider questions such as the duties of a good government and the true nature of love. Castiglione's narrative power and psychological perception make this guide both an entertaining comedy of manners and a revealing window onto the ideals and preoccupations of the Italian Renaissance at the moment of its greatest splendour.

Galateus

Author: Giovanni Della Casa
Publisher:
ISBN: BSB:BSB10205474
Release Date: 1580
Genre:


Die Rivalin der K nigin

Author: Elizabeth Fremantle
Publisher: C. Bertelsmann Verlag
ISBN: 9783641182335
Release Date: 2017-05-09
Genre: Fiction

Großes Format, kleiner Preis! Mit achtzehn Jahren wird Penelope Devereux Hofdame von Elisabeth I. Dort, in einer Welt voll gnadenloser Rivalität und bösartiger Machenschaften, muss sie versuchen, sich die Gunst der alternden Königin zu sichern. Als sie von ihrem Vormund gezwungen wird zu heiraten, obwohl ihr Herz einem anderen gehört, beschließt Penelope, ihr Schicksal selbst in die Hand zu nehmen. Durch geschickte Intrigen versucht sie, ihre Stellung am Hof zu stärken. Doch Robert Cecil, der mächtigste Minister am Hof, will Penelope und ihre Familie um jeden Preis vernichten. Und auch der Königin ist sie allmählich ein Dorn im Auge ...

The Prince

Author: Niccolò Machiavelli
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0140449159
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Philosophy

The classic handbook of statecraft written four centuries ago by an Italian nobleman recommends guile and craftiness to attain and maintain political power.

Cena Trimalchionis

Author: Petronius (Arbiter)
Publisher:
ISBN: 3423091487
Release Date: 1979
Genre:

In den Satyrica, den Schelmengeschichten, diesem unverschämten, aber lustigen und liebenswürdigen Buch des Nero-Zeitgenossen Petronius (gestorben 66 n. Chr.), steht als größtes zusammenhängendes Stück die Erzählung von einer grandiosen antiken Fresserei. Der Gastgeber ist Trimalchio, ein neureicher Fettwanst, der eine Gesellschaft halbseidener Kostgänger mit tollen Spezialitäten abfüttert, dazu mit fantastischen kulturellen Darbietungen: Niemand soll sagen, dass der große Trimalchio ein ungebildeter Mensch sei... Die Cena Trimalchionis, kulturhistorisch aufschlussreich und literarisch amüsant, ist für Kollegiaten an Gymnasien und Für alte Lateiner ein großes sprachliches Vergnügen: Mit Genuss bringt der geniale Erzähler die verschiedenen Sprach-Ebenen seiner Zeit ins Spiel - wunderschöne Wort-Verwechslungen -, und in der Übersetzung ist das auf eine oft verblüffende Weise nachgezeichnet.

The Penguin Classics Book

Author: Henry Eliot
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780141990934
Release Date: 2019-02-21
Genre: Literary Criticism

Penguin Classics is the largest and best-known classics imprint in the world. From The Epic of Gilgamesh to the poetry of the First World War, and covering all the greatest works of fiction, poetry, drama, history and philosophy in between, this reader's companion encompasses 500 authors, 1,200 books and 4,000 years of world literature. Stuffed full of stories, author biographies, book summaries and recommendations, and illustrated with thousands of historic Penguin Classic covers, this is an exhilarating and comprehensive guide for anyone who wants to explore and discover the best books ever written.

The Art Of Seduction

Author: Robert Greene
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 9781847651402
Release Date: 2010-09-03
Genre: Family & Relationships

Which sort of seducer could you be? Siren? Rake? Cold Coquette? Star? Comedian? Charismatic? Or Saint? This book will show you which. Charm, persuasion, the ability to create illusions: these are some of the many dazzling gifts of the Seducer, the compelling figure who is able to manipulate, mislead and give pleasure all at once. When raised to the level of art, seduction, an indirect and subtle form of power, has toppled empires, won elections and enslaved great minds. In this beautiful, sensually designed book, Greene unearths the two sides of seduction: the characters and the process. Discover who you, or your pursuer, most resembles. Learn, too, the pitfalls of the anti-Seducer. Immerse yourself in the twenty-four manoeuvres and strategies of the seductive process, the ritual by which a seducer gains mastery over their target. Understand how to 'Choose the Right Victim', 'Appear to Be an Object of Desire' and 'Confuse Desire and Reality'. In addition, Greene provides instruction on how to identify victims by type. Each fascinating character and each cunning tactic demonstrates a fundamental truth about who we are, and the targets we've become - or hope to win over. The Art of Seduction is an indispensable primer on the essence of one of history's greatest weapons and the ultimate power trip. From the internationally bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power, Mastery, and The 33 Strategies Of War.

Die Prinzessin von Cleves Historischer Roman

Author: Marie-Madeleine de La Fayette
Publisher: e-artnow
ISBN: 9788026872160
Release Date: 2016-12-09
Genre: Fiction

Dieses eBook: "Die Prinzessin von Cleves (Historischer Roman)" ist mit einem detaillierten und dynamischen Inhaltsverzeichnis versehen und wurde sorgfältig korrekturgelesen. Der Roman spielt um 1560 am französischen Hof gegen Ende der Regierungszeit Heinrichs II. Die Handlung beginnt, als die 16-jährige Mademoiselle de Chartres mit ihrer jung verwitweten Mutter, der hochadeligen und reichen, aber sittenstrengen Madame de Chartres, aus der Provinz nach Paris kommt, wo sie zwecks Partnersuche für sie am Hof eingeführt werden soll. Gleich der erste Mann, dem sie, noch vorher in einem Juweliergeschäft, begegnet, der Prinz von Clèves, verliebt sich in sie, noch ohne zu wissen, wer das schöne junge Mädchen sein könnte. Marie-Madeleine de La Fayette (1634-1693) war eine französische Adelige und Schriftstellerin

The Polymath

Author: Waqas Ahmed
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781119508526
Release Date: 2018-12-28
Genre: Business & Economics

Every human is born with multifarious potential. Why, then, do parents, schools and employers insist that we restrict our many talents and interests; that we 'specialise' in just one? We've been sold a myth, that to 'specialise' is the only way to pursue truth, identity, or even a livelihood. Yet specialisation is nothing but an outdated system that fosters ignorance, exploitation and disillusionment and thwarts creativity, opportunity and progress. Following a series of exchanges with the world’s greatest historians, futurists, philosophers and scientists, Waqas Ahmed has weaved together a narrative of history and a vision for the future that seeks to disrupt this prevailing system of unwarranted ‘hyper-specialisation.’ In The Polymath, Waqas shows us that there is another way of thinking and being. Through an approach that is both philosophical and practical, he sets out a cognitive journey towards reclaiming your innate polymathic state. Going further, he proposes nothing less than a cultural revolution in our education and professional structures, whereby everyone is encouraged to express themselves in multiple ways and fulfil their many-sided potential. Not only does this enhance individual fulfilment, but in doing so, facilitates a conscious and creative society that is both highly motivated and well equipped to address the complexity of 21st century challenges.

The Tempest in Context

Author: Keith Linley
Publisher: Anthem Press
ISBN: 9781783083763
Release Date: 2015-02-15
Genre: Literary Criticism

This engaging book provides detailed in-depth discussion of the various influences that an audience in 1611 would have brought to interpreting ‘The Tempest’. How did people think about the world, about God, about sin, about kings, about civilized conduct? Learn about the social hierarchy, gender relationships, parenting and family dynamics, court corruption, class tensions, the concept of tragi-comedy – and all the subversions, transgressions, and oppositions that made the play an unsettling picture of a world attempting to come to terms with capitalism and colonialism while re-addressing the nature of rule.

Antony and Cleopatra in Context

Author: Keith Linley
Publisher: Anthem Press
ISBN: 9781783083787
Release Date: 2015-02-15
Genre: Literary Criticism

This engaging book provides in-depth discussion of the various influences that an audience in 1607 would have brought to interpreting ‘Antony and Cleopatra’. How did people think about the world, about God, about sin, about kings, about civilized conduct? Learn about the social hierarchy, gender relationships, court corruption, class tensions, the literary profile of the time, the concept of tragedy – and all the subversions, transgressions, and oppositions that made the play an unsettling picture of a disintegrating world lost through passion and machination.

The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini

Author: Benvenuto Cellini
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780141911991
Release Date: 2004-06-24
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Benvenuto Cellini was a celebrated Renaissance sculptor and goldsmith - a passionate craftsman who was admired and resented by the most powerful political and artistic personalities in sixteenth-century Florence, Rome and Paris. He was also a murderer and a braggart, a shameless adventurer who at different times experienced both papal persecution and imprisonment, and the adulation of the royal court. Inn-keepers and prostitutes, kings and cardinals, artists and soldiers rub shoulders in the pages of his notorious autobiography: a vivid portrait of the manners and morals of both the rulers of the day and of their subjects. Written with supreme powers of invective and an irrepressible sense of humour, this is an unrivalled glimpse into the palaces and prisons of the Italy of Michelangelo and the Medici.