Daily Life Depicted in the Cantigas de Santa Maria

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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.

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"Winner of the 1999 SAMLA Studies Book Award." —
Analyzes a series of illuminated manuscripts commissioned by King Alfonso of Spain (1252-84) that created a record of daily life of his subjects not equaled elsewhere in Europe at the time. Shifts the focus from the clothing, architecture, and agriculture that have absorbed other scholars to look at the insights that may be gleaned concerning what people thought; what entertainment they enjoyed; what sins they committed; and how women, children, clergy, and law officials were viewed. Also explains how to read the color of the many depictions of miracles. Includes 70 color plates. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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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)

Meet the Author

John E. Keller, professor emeritus of Spanish at the University of Kentucky, is coauthor of Iconography in Medieval Spanish Literature.

Annette Grant Cash, visiting assistant professor of Spanish at Georgia State University, is the co-translator of Miracles of Our Lady by Gonzalo de Berceo.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Methodology 6
1 Classes and Masses 8
2 Clothing: Civil, Ecclesiastical, Military, Naval, and Constabulary 16
3 Death 19
4 Disasters and Accidents 20
5 Education 21
6 Fauna and Flora 22
7 Food and Drink 25
8 Furniture and Furnishings 27
9 Geographic Place Names 29
10 Health and Cures and the Human Body 30
11 Legal Matters 33
12 Love, Lust, and Marriage 34
13 Personages 38
14 Pilgrimage 39
15 Places, Sites, and Locales 41
16 Punishments 42
17 Recreation and Entertainment 43
18 Religion 45
19 Sins and Crimes 46
20 Structures 48
21 The Supernatural: Angels, Devils, Spirits, and Souls 49
22 Thieves, Gamblers, Highwaymen, Counterfeiters, and Other Criminals 51
23 Tools, Implements, and Weapons 52
24 Travel 53
25 Violent Acts 55
26 War 58
27 Women and Children 59
Concluding Remarks 62
App.: Index of Categories 63
List of Plates 78
Selected Bibliography 80
Index of Front Matter 85
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