The Poem of Fernan Gonzalez

The Poem of Fernan Gonzalez




New translation of the thirteenth century account of the life and achievements of the tenth century Castillian leader Fernán González and historical study of his life and of the historical background to the poem.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781910572016
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Publication date: 03/31/2015
Edition description: Bilingual
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Peter Such was Head of Modern Languages and Director of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Sherborne School. He is the author (with John Hodgkinson) of The Poem of My Cid and (with Richard Rabone) of Book of Alexander. He retired from teaching in 2011 and he now lives in the province of Córdoba, working as an educational consultant and translator. He continues to carry out research on the literature of thirteenth-century Castile and its political and intellectual background.

Richard Rabone is a member of Merton College, Oxford, where his principal research interests are in the literature of Golden-Age Spain, with a particular focus on the reception of works from earlier periods.

Table of Contents

Map of the county of Castile after 932 as depicted in the Poema de Fernán González
Map of the Iberian Peninsula in 1252
From the Islamic invasion to the reign of Alfonso X: a chronology
The dynasty of the counts of Castile in the early tenth century
The rulers of Castile (House of Burgundy): 1126-1284

1. The tale of Fernán González
(i)The figure of Fernán González: the intertwining of fact and legend
(ii)The manuscript of the Poema de Fernán González and evidence of its missing content
(iii)The account of the hero's deeds in the Poema de Fernán González and its relationship with historical fact
(iv)The epic,'popular' and 'learned'
(v)The Poema de Fernán González and epic tradition
2. Inventing the past: a tenth-century hero in a thirteenth-century context
(i)The recovery of Christian Spain, the rise of the kingdom of León and the emergence of the county of Castile
(ii)The career and achievements of F

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