Baldassare Castiglione, the Perfect Courtier: His Life and Letters, 1478-1529 - Vol. 2

Baldassare Castiglione, the Perfect Courtier: His Life and Letters, 1478-1529 - Vol. 2

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Baldassare Castiglione, the Perfect Courtier: His Life and Letters, 1478-1529 - Vol. 2

Baldassare Castiglione, the Perfect Courtier: His Life and Letters, 1478-1529 - Vol. 2

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Castiglione visits his bride at Modena--Letters of Ippolita Torelli-- Marriage of Castiglione--His favour at court and happiness at home--War of Urbino--The Count accompanies Federico Gonzaga to Venice--Birth of his son--Bandello's novels.

THE expulsion of the Duke of Urbino and his unfortunate family marks an important epoch in Castiglione's life. A strange turn in the wheel of Fortune had brought him back to his native city at this moment when Madonna Luigia's prayers were about to be answered, and her beloved son had at length found a wife such as she had always wished for him-- of noble birth, well endowed, and both good and beautiful.

In the last book of the 'Cortegiano,' Bembo declares that men who are past their first youth often wed more happily than the young, and that it is necessary for the perfect courtier to love, since thus alone he can attain supreme felicity. As Castiglione had shown himself in a thousand different ways to be the model of a complete courtier, so he was now to fulfil this last condition, and, at a later age than most of his contemporaries, was to find that perfection of wedded happiness which Bembo owned to be the purest and most satisfying bliss that mortals can enjoy on earth. I certainly think, and have always thought,' wrote . . .

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