Queen Elizabeth As A Courtier

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Queen Elizabeth I was one of the most famous queens of the medieval age, but she was a queen who surrounded herself with powerful intelligent advisors such as Sir Walter Raleigh. Raleigh was a courtier, and with the help of him and others Queen Elizabeth was able to maintain order and reign for many years. Through being a courtier Raleigh was able to move up in the world and became a favorite of the queen. The role of the courtier was to serve the monarchy, a courtier attended the royal court and advised the king and queen on what to say or to give them guidance. The courtier was allowed to stay in the palace, so that way he or she could be close to the king and could be summoned when needed. Through their selection by inheritance, their training…show more content…
When one courtier died his kin would be the one to take his place. If someone had enough money you could even buy your way into the position, which was desirable to many who were rich but did not feel as though their position in society was good enough. Even though through all of these ways to become a courtier, there was still a possibility an applicant could be turned down for the job. This is because the king had the final say in who was his courtier. So if someone had better training they would be more likely to be chosen for the job. This made the training the courtiers went through even more important. In order to get the job a lot of training was involved but most nobles would have their courtiers learn by doing. Despite many positions of nobility being male dominated there are many cases where women served as a courtier or courtesan. In The Book of the Courtier, Baldassare Castiglione tells about his experience as a courtier during the Renaissance. Through the job of a Courtier Castiglione was able to become a diplomat and a famous author, today he is remembered mostly for his works in…show more content…
Though she takes no part in the conversation, she presides over it, and her presence permeates its conduct. The men defer to her, especially in their conduct with women—"with whom we had the freest and commerce, but such was the respect we bore to the will of the Duchess that freedom was the greatest restraint."
These are just some of the words written by Castiglione in The Book of the Courtier. He took it as his job to write down what his job had been like to inform future generations of what it was like. The Book of the Courtier is a book in conversation, Castiglione does not participate in this conversation at all but despite this he makes the point of how the courtiers life in the castle among royalty
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