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Baldassare Castiglione (1478-1529) - conte di Novilara. Italian humanist, diplomat and courtier, famous for his IL LIBRO DEL CORTEGIANO (The Book of the Courtier, 1528), which was translated into many languages and made Castiglione the arbiter of aristocratic manners during the Renaissance.