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Alfonso X and the Cantigas De Santa Maria: A Poetic Biography (Medieval Mediterranean, Vol 16) [Hardcover]

By Joseph F. O'Callaghan (Author)
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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, providing a royal biography in the 13th-century.

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Studio: Brill Academic Publishers
Pages   251
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.6" Width: 6.3" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   1.55 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 1998
Publisher   Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN  9004110232  
ISBN13  9789004110236  

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More About Joseph F. O'Callaghan

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Joseph F. O'Callaghan is professor emeritus in the department of history at Fordham University. He is past president of the American Catholic Historical Association and is the author of several books, notably Reconquest and Crusade in Medieval Spain and Alfonso X and the Cantigas de Santa Maria: A Poetic Biography.

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Fascinating  Mar 5, 2001
O'Callaghan's study was a Godsend to scholarly aficionados of the Cantigas. With his well-documented and readable style, he validates this enchanting set of manuscripts as a historical source. Amplifying his reading with more conventional primary sources, he presents an entertaining and focused biography of one of Spain's most interesting monarchs. The plates, although in black-and-white, are extremely useful -- one could only wish there were more of them, for the price!

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