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Medieval

  • The Book of Count Lucanor and Patronioby Juan Manuel; John E. Keller; L. Clark Keating

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Don Juan Manuel, nephew of King Alfonso X, The Wise, knew well the appeal of exempla (moralized tales), which he believed should entertain if they were to provide ways and means for solving life's problems. His fourteenth-century book, known as El Conde lucanor , is considered by many to be the purest Spanish prose before the immortal Don Quixote... more...

  • Pious Brief Narrative in Medieval Castilian and Galician Verseby John E. Keller

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 25.00

    "Brief narratives," or medieval precursors to the modern short story, are compositions couched in the form of a tale of reasonable short length. They began with writings in Latin and, eventually, made their way into the vernacular languages of Europe. They include the fable, the apologue, the exemplum, the saint's life, the miracle, the biography,... more...

  • The Book of the Knight Zifarby Charles L. Nelson

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    The Book of the Knight Zifar (or Cifar), Spain's first novel of chivalry, is the tale of a virtuous but unfortunate knight who has fallen from grace and must seek redemption through suffering and good deeds. Because of a curse that repeatedly deprives him of that most important of knightly accoutrements -- his horse -- Zifar and his family must... more...

  • Daily Life Depicted in the Cantigas de Santa Mariaby John E. Keller; Annette Grant Cash

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 55.00

    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,... more...

  • The Literary Mind of Medieval and Renaissance Spainby Otis H. Green; John E. Keller

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    The twelve essays in this fiorilegio of the work of Otis H. Green afford a representative view of the thought and scholarship of one of the world's foremost Hispanists. In each of them is developed some important facet of the intellectual milieu of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, reflecting Otis Green's life-long and wide-ranging quest for evidence... more...

  • The Book of Kyng Arthurby Charles Moorman

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Beginning with a consideration of Malory's ingenious chronology, this study shows that Malory achieved thematic and structural unity by selecting from the great mass of Arthurian legend three narrative strands -- the intrigues of Lancelot and Guinevere, the Grail quest, and the feud between the houses of Lot and Pellinore -- using these to illustrate... more...

  • Scott, Chaucer, and Medieval Romanceby Jerome Mitchell

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    While the influence of Shakespeare on Sir Walter Scott has long been recognized, the importance of medieval literature in shaping his creative imagination has never before been examined in depth. Jerome Mitchell's new book fills this significant gap through a wide-ranging study of Scott's indebtedness to Chaucer and to medieval romance, especially... more...

  • Miracles of Our Ladyby Gonzalo de Berceo

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 45.00

    Miracle tales, in which people are rewarded for piety or punished for sin through the intervention of the Virgin Mary, were a popular literary form all through the Middle Ages. Milagros de Nuestra Sehora , a collection of such stories by the Spanish secular priest Gonzalo de Berceo, is a premier example of this genre; it is also regarded as one... more...

  • Iconography in Medieval Spanish Literatureby John E. Keller; Richard P. Kinkade

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    The masterpieces of medieval Spanish literature have come to be known and loved by Hispanists, and more recently by others throughout the world. But the brilliant illuminations with which the original manuscripts were illustrated have remained almost totally unknown on the shelves of the great European libraries. To redress this woeful neglect, two... more...

  • Women in the Medieval Spanish Epic and Lyric Traditionsby Lucy A. Sponsler

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    The culture of medieval Spain was anything nut homogeneous. It varied not only through time, with the approach of the Renaissance, but also geographically, with great differences between north and south. In this study, author Lucy A. Sponsler illuminates the role of women during this interesting period by exploring their portrayal in literature. ... more...