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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In Hanns-Josef Ortheil's novel the requirements of chivalry and chastity for the office of cicisbeo are made abundantly clear.