"One Book" projects were initiated by the Washington Center for the Book in 1998. Known variously as "One Book, One City"; "Montgomery Reads"; "If All Arkansas Read the Same Book", the idea is to have all interested members of the community read the same book at the same time, to create a kind of community-wide book club.
We in the SCA have exceptionally long reading lists: in addition to our more practical research, the wealth of pre-17th century literature adds to our understanding of our personae, the times and places we research, and the Court environment we strive to create. Yet the syntax and vocabulary can be challenging, and we all have many demands on our time. We hope that One Book, One Barony will provide a structure to finally get to some of the books we've been meaning to read for years, and to enhance our understanding and enjoyment of these books by sharing our experience of them with one another through readings, discussions, and lectures.
The book we have chosen for AS 41 is The Book of the Courtier, by Baldesar Castiglione, trans. George Bull.
"The Book of the Courtier (1528) is a series of fictional conversations by courtiers of the Duke of Urbino that takes place in 1507, while Castiglione was himself attaché to the Duke. Today the Book remains the most reliable and illuminating account of
Renaissance court life and of what it took to be the `Perfect Courtier' and `Court Lady.'"—Amazon.com
This book is widely available in libraries and bookstores, and many used copies are on offer at Amazon Marketplace for as low as $0.01 (plus $3.49 shipping). It's also available online: http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~rbear/cour
The reviews on Amazon.com are a good introduction to what you'll be getting into.
Events and discussions will take place in December, January and February. The first book discussion will be held Friday evening, December 29th, at a site to be determined but probably in Torrance.
Anyone interested in discussing the book on LJ can join the group 1book1barony and discuss there. This is so out of area friends can join in the discussion and not have to join the territorial group. Thanks!