- Brown, Alison, ‘Rethinking the Renaissance in the Aftermath of Italy’s Crisis’, in John Najemy, ed., Italy in the Age of the Renaissance (Oxford, 2004), pp. 246-65.
- Cole, Alison, Italian Renaissance Courts: Art, Pleasure and Power (London, 2016) [Especially the Introduction, Chapters 1, 2, and 6, and the Epilogue]
- Castiglione, Baldesar, The Book of the Courtier, trans. Leonard Eckstein Opdyke (New York, 1903)
Recommended Further Reading
- Dean, Trevor, ‘The Courts’, The Journal of Modern History 67, Supplement: The Origins of the State in Italy, 1300-1600 (1995), S136-51. JSTOR
- Saccone, Eduardo, ‘The Portrait of the Courtier in Castiglione’, Italica 64.1 (1987), 1-18 JSTOR
- How important were the central and northern Italian princely courts as centres of cultural patronage?
- What does The Book of the Courtier tell us about the nature of the Italian princely courts in the early sixteenth century?
Indications for Further Reading
If you want to get a sense of court life and of warfare in the Italian states at the start of the 16th century, watch the film Il mestiere delle armi which was filmed on location, including in Mantua. It is available on youtube here. It is in Italian. For a summary of what it is about, please see here.