Fictional Courtier Satire

Posted Saturday, 01/14/23

Another amazing resource found!

The Book of the Courtier by Baldassarre Castiglione was first published in 1528. Since Sir Francis Bryan was a polished courtier at the court of Henry VIII, I can only imagine he must have seen this work. Even if he didn't, reference to it will find its way to In the Shadow of the King at some point.

Fictional Courtier Satire. Click on image to view larger size in a new window.

I had a blast parodying The Book of the Courtier one morning. The tome itself obviously does exists, but Sir Francis Bryan's translation of it as a gift for Henry VIII in 1529 is purely fictional, as are Bryan's comments (see the cursive handwriting following each point). This is how I relax and have a good time.

Current stats: 434 pages and 165,793 words.

Permissions: The Book of the Courtier  (thereafter "the work") has been identified as being free of known restrictions under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights. The work can be copied, modified, distributed and performed, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. The work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or fewer. The Book of the Courtier  was first published in 1528, authored by Baldassarre Castiglione (1478–1529).

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