Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Motes Y Glosas

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Motes Y Glosas

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Ian Macpherson, Motes y glosas in the Canäonero general, Papers of the Medieval Hispanic Research Seminar 46 (London: Department of Hispanic Studies, Queen Mary, University of London, 2004). 1 17 pp. ISBN 0-902238-09-4. £9.50. The core of this book is a critical edition of the fifty motes and glosas of Hernando de Castillo's Cannonerò general (hereafter CG) of 151 1 and 1514. A substantial introduction explains the essence of the mote as a heraldic and literary term and the forms of the candan which function as glosses of the mote in the CG It then takes a closer look at the mote and its authors, noting that they 'form a very different group from those who supply Invenciones y letras for the preceding section' of the GG (p. 21). Predominandy, the authors are working poets from the southern Peninsula, information that Ian Macpherson values in contextualization of the glosas. Facsimiles of the 1,511 CG motes and glosas precede the core commentaries, evaluations, and critical analyses. Within the survey, supporting data include biographical information, cross-references, source texts, the transcribed and edited motes and their glosas, illustrations, Dutton's ID number, accounts of textual witnesses with variant readings, and information on the rhyme pattern of theglosa. …

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