Thank you to everyone who entered the Blog of the Courtier’s 3rd birthday contest! I received a number of excellent entries; far too many to individually acknowledge. Many of them gave some thoughtful examples of people, whether famous or known to the reader alone, who definitely embody some aspect of Castiglione’s ideal of “sprezzatura”, i.e. that talent for making something difficult look easy and effortless, instead of trying to make a big show about how one does things.
However in the end there can be only one winner, and the entry I liked best came from reader Jason Persinger of Cincinnati, Ohio. His entry will be published on August 16th, the date this blog officially turns 3 years old. In the meantime, his copy of Baldassare Castiglione’s “Book of the Courtier”, the inspiration for this blog, will be making its way to him.
Congratulations, Jason, and thanks to all of you who entered, and who support my writing on these virtual pages! Your readership and support means a great deal to me, and I am humbled by your continued interest. We will continue to explore some of the ideals of not only sprezzatura, but also respect for tradition and custom, intellectual curiosity, the practices of a good society, and living a life integrated with faith, all of which continue to make Count Castiglione a man for our times. God bless!