Daily Life Depicted in the Cantigas de Santa Maria

Daily Life Depicted in the Cantigas de Santa Maria

by John E. Keller, Annette Grant Cash
     
 

The hundreds of illuminated miniatures found in the Cantigas de Santa Maria, sponsored by King Alfonso X (1252—84), reveal many vistas of daily life in thirteenth century Spain.

No other source provides such an encyclopedic view of all classes of medieval European society, from kings and popes to the lowest peasants. Men and women are seen farming,

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Overview

The hundreds of illuminated miniatures found in the Cantigas de Santa Maria, sponsored by King Alfonso X (1252—84), reveal many vistas of daily life in thirteenth century Spain.

No other source provides such an encyclopedic view of all classes of medieval European society, from kings and popes to the lowest peasants. Men and women are seen farming, hunting, on pilgrimage, watching bullfights, in gambling dens, making love, tending silkworms, eating, cooking, and writing poetry, to name only a few of the human activities represented here.

Combining keen observation of detail with years of experience in the field, John Keller and Annette Grant Cash bring to life a world previously little explored.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813120508
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Series:
Studies in Romance Languages
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
8.68(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Methodology6
1Classes and Masses8
2Clothing: Civil, Ecclesiastical, Military, Naval, and Constabulary16
3Death19
4Disasters and Accidents20
5Education21
6Fauna and Flora22
7Food and Drink25
8Furniture and Furnishings27
9Geographic Place Names29
10Health and Cures and the Human Body30
11Legal Matters33
12Love, Lust, and Marriage34
13Personages38
14Pilgrimage39
15Places, Sites, and Locales41
16Punishments42
17Recreation and Entertainment43
18Religion45
19Sins and Crimes46
20Structures48
21The Supernatural: Angels, Devils, Spirits, and Souls49
22Thieves, Gamblers, Highwaymen, Counterfeiters, and Other Criminals51
23Tools, Implements, and Weapons52
24Travel53
25Violent Acts55
26War58
27Women and Children59
Concluding Remarks62
App.: Index of Categories63
List of Plates78
Selected Bibliography80
Index of Front Matter85

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