courtesy literature

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As a distinct literary genre teaching courtiers and others good manners and morals, was imported into England through works such as Il Cortegiano of Castiglione (translated by Hoby in 1561). One of the most popular native examples of this type of writing was H. Peacham's The Compleat Gentleman (1622).

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