Divided into three sections: Book of Examples of El Conde Lucanor; Patronio, Book of Proverbs; and Book of Doctrines. The examples follow a pattern in which El Conde Lucanor poses a problem to his adviser, Patronio, who then addresses it by telling an unrelated story. Each example goes from story telling, to educating, to ending with a moral lesson.
Juan Manuel (1282-1348), Duke of Peñafiel was one of the most important medieval Spanish writers. He was nephew of Alfonso X of Castile, son of Juan Manuel, Lord of Villena and Beatrice of Savoy. Rich and powerful, Manuel coined his own money and clashed with the kings of Spain. He wrote thirteen books, of which eight survive.