Fernam Lopez

Fernam Lopez

Fernam Lopez

Fernam Lopez

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It is characteristic of Portuguese 'desleixo' that Fernam Lopez, 'the best chronicler of any age or nation', cannot be read in a good edition. That of the Biblioteca de Classicos Portuguezes is careless and unreliable, while the excellent edition by Senhor Braamcamp Freire includes only the first part of one chronicle and its retention of the original spelling in every particular, e.g. naturall (natural), escprevem(escrevem), geeraçom (geraçam), rrecomtamdo (recontando), makes it somewhat difficult reading. The spelling will have to be slightly modernized when Fernam Lopez' chronicles are included in the definitive Biblioteca de Autores Portugueses which is so long overdue. Fernam Lopez wrote for the people (ao povo) and should be read by hundreds of thousands. The popular character of his chronicles was appreciated by the author of the miniatures . . .

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