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Courtship & Love

Shakespeare for Kids

How to be a Good Courtier


In 1528, an Italian named Baldesar Castiglione wrote a guide to courtly life called The Book of the Courtier .


Would you be a good courtier? See if you have any of the qualities listed below:

  • "to have also... a certain grace... that shall make him at the first sight acceptable and loving unto who so beholdeth him"
  • "to be known among others... for his fidelity toward him whom he serveth"
  • "to show strength, lightness, and quickness"
  • "to be "a perfecte horseman for every saddle"
  • "to speak and write well"
  • "and beside his understanding... upon the book, [to] have skill in like manner on sundry instruments"


Robert Vaughan. Robertus Dudleius, comes Leicestriae ... Engraving, 17th century

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