Alfonso X and the Cantigas de Santa Maria: A Poetic Biography

Alfonso X and the Cantigas de Santa Maria: A Poetic Biography

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Alfonso X and the Cantigas de Santa Maria: A Poetic Biography by Joseph O'Callaghan, J. F. O'Callaghan

In the Cantigas de Santa Maria, a collection of more than four hundred poems written in the language of medieval Galicia in praise of the Virgin Mary, Alfonso X, el Sabio, king of Castile-Leon, has left us a kind of poetic biography. Declaring himself Mary's troubadour, he appeals to her as his advocate and consoler as he recounts specific events in his life and that of his kingdom. As he tells us about his family, his war against the Muslims of Granada and Morocco, the treachery of the nobility, his frequent illnesses, and his fear of hellfire and damnation, he reveals much about his personality and his spirituality.
This volume explicates the historical circumstances surrounding the events described in the cantigas. The Cantigas de Santa Maria is a royal biography unique in thirteenth-century Europe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789004110236
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/03/1998
Series: Medieval Mediterranean Series , #16
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 6.54(w) x 9.68(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

Joseph F. O'Callaghan, Ph.D. (1957) in History, Fordham University, is Professor Emeritus of History at Fordham University. He has published extensively on the history of Medieval Spain, including The Learned King: The Reign of Alfonso X of Castile (University of Pennsylvania, 1993).

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