Francesco Raimondo Analyzes Courtly Knights in New Book

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‘Ideal of the Courtly Gentleman in Spanish Literature’ depicts the rise and decline of courtly gentlemen.

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The courtly gentleman was one of the most popular characters of Renaissance writings in Europe. In his new book, “Ideal of the Courtly Gentleman in Spanish Literature: Its Ascent and Decline” (published by Trafford Publishing), author Francesco Raimondo focuses on Spanish texts to give a detailed picture of the Spanish courtly gentleman and his evolution as the Renaissance came to a close.

“After reading ‘Il Cortegiano,’ I became interested in studying the process of how ‘the ideal of the courtly gentleman’ originated, developed and later declined and how this process is reflected in Spanish literature,” explains Raimondo.

“Ideal of the Courtly Gentleman in Spanish Literature” breaks down the image of the courtly gentleman and illustrates his progression through 16th century Spanish literature. Dr. Raimondo analyzes the problems of self-perception, aspirations and lifestyle of the courtly gentleman and how these problems change through the Renaissance age up through the Baroque age.

Raimondo uses Renaissance texts, “Amadis de Gaula” and “Il Cortegiano,” as a foundation for the beginnings of the courtly gentleman and moves through “Don Quixote” and several selected works by Calderón and Gracián to illustrate the evolution of the courtly gentleman. His arguments reflect the gradual process of secularized thinking and the decline of traditional thoughts about class limitations and human potential.

Raimondo says, “The book deals and draws on pertinent inferences by concentrating for the most part on detailed literary, textual analysis of major works by representative writers of the historical period being studied.”

“Ideal of the Courtly Gentleman in Spanish Literature”
By Francesco Raimondo, Ph.D.
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 342 pages | ISBN 9781466981089
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 342 pages | ISBN 9781466981096
E-Book | 342 pages | ISBN 9781466981102
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Francesco Raimondo has been a dedicated student of languages and a teacher, mostly of Spanish, for 40 years at the high school and collegiate levels. He earned his doctorate from New York University.

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