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La Dueña Cuerda: un retrato olvidado del "Libro de buen amor"

ContributorsCarta, Constance
Published inVox Romanica, vol. 72, p. 202-219
Publication date2013

A lot of masculine figures who embody knowledge fill the medieval literary works. In both occidental and oriental texts we can find doctors, philosophers, priests, astrologists, teachers and other wise men : a whole range of masculine characters surrounded by a precise and varied terminology, whose analysis enables us to understand medieval conceptions of knowledge, its objects and its ways of transmission better. The erudite feminine figures are a lot less frequent than the masculine ones, even though not inexistent. The most famous are Luciana, Tarsiana ("Libro de Apolonio") and Teodor ; a wise favorite of the King of Spain appears at the beginning of "Estoria de España" and a knowledgeable favorite also appears in an example of "Libro del Caballero Zifar". We also would like to add to that list of wise women the portrait of a sapient woman who was left out and who brings us to the next century until another knowledgeable owner : the first woman who the archpriest of Hita in "Libro de Buen Amor" (1330) fell in love with. Her virtues sets her apart from the rest, such as her human, social and intellectual qualities.

  • Juan Ruiz
  • Libro de buen amor
  • Dueña Cuerda
  • Portrait
  • Women's wisdom
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Citation (ISO format)
CARTA, Constance. La Dueña Cuerda: un retrato olvidado del ‘Libro de buen amor’. In: Vox Romanica, 2013, vol. 72, p. 202–219.
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ISSN of the journal0042-899X

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