cicisbeo


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cicisbeo

A social role played by a man in post-renaissance Italy. Cicisbeos were the professed public companions or lovers of married noblewomen, and accompanied their mistresses in public functions with their husband’s expressed or tacit approval.
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Both Ketton-Cremer and Lewis write rather complacently of Walpole's role as cicisbeo.
In Hanns-Josef Ortheil's novel the requirements of chivalry and chastity for the office of cicisbeo are made abundantly clear.
His study of the Countess of Albany's connections with the court of George III is of particular interest; even more interesting are the pages dedicated to the Countess's journey through the English countryside in July and August with her cicisbeo (as Walpole called him).