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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Le donne d'oggi non sono affatto romantiche, e non apprezzano piu le lodi che anche da lontano rammentano i Cicisbei,o i Don Giovanni di un tempo (italics mine; 67).