Gómez Manrique, Statesman and Poet
The Practice of Poetry in Fifteenth-Century Spain

Gisèle Earle

Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures 31

Legenda

26 February 2018  •  182pp

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Gómez Manrique (c.1412-c.1490) had a long and active life, engaging in military activity as a typical medieval knight before becoming a diplomat and statesman. He was deeply involved in the political turbulence of fifteenth-century Castile, playing an important role in bringing together Fernando of Aragon and the infanta Isabel of Castile whose marriage sealed the union of these two kingdoms. Although Don Gómez has long rested in the shadow of his more famous nephew, Jorge, he produced a larger and more varied corpus of verse: courtly love poetry, elegies, moral and political poetry, verse dialogues with friends, consolatory poems and the first play by a known author in Spanish. This study focuses on the social, economic and political context in which the poet lived and draws comparisons with some other poets who were his contemporaries.

Gisèle Earle studied at the University of Oxford and King’s College, London, and is now an independent researcher.

Reviews:

  • ‘In this comprehensive study of how Manrique practised poetry, which also includes his prose, Earle offers both detailed textual analysis of individual works and an interpretation of Manrique’s literary corpus. Through this dual focus, Earle emphasizes the evolution of Manrique’s rhetorical style through figurative language and the political thrust of Manrique’s writing, including works that have traditionally been studied separately, such as elegy and devotional texts. As a result, this study makes a valuable contribution to existing scholarship through its new perspective on Manrique’s textual production, which also opens doors for future investigation.’ — Holly Sims, Bulletin of Spanish Studies 96.8, 2019, 1343-65 (full text online)

Contents:

i-vi
Gómez Manrique, Statesman and Poet: Gómez Manrique, Statesman and Poet
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Table of Contents
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ix-x
Acknowledgements
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1-10
Introduction: the Historical and Social Background
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11-31
Chapter 1 Learning the Craft: Courtly Love Poetry and Related Writings (c. 1430–c. 1455)
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32-48
Chapter 2 Two Elegies For Knights (c. 1458–c. 1460)
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49-60
Chapter 3 Gómez Manrique’s Continuation of Juan De Mena’s Debate De La Razón Contra La Voluntad
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61-94
Chapter 4 Cut and Thrust: Preguntas Y Respuestas (c. 1458–c. 1470)
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95-131
Chapter 5 Matters of State (c. 1463–1473)
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132-152
Chapter 6 Family Consolatory and Devotional Writing
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153-159
Conclusion
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160-166
Bibliography
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167-172
Index
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Bibliography entry:

Earle, Gisèle, Gómez Manrique, Statesman and Poet: The Practice of Poetry in Fifteenth-Century Spain, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 31 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2018)

First footnote reference: 35 Gisèle Earle, Gómez Manrique, Statesman and Poet: The Practice of Poetry in Fifteenth-Century Spain, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 31 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2018), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Earle, p. 47.

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Earle, Gisèle. 2018. Gómez Manrique, Statesman and Poet: The Practice of Poetry in Fifteenth-Century Spain, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 31 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Earle 2018: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Earle 2018: 21.

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