Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Juan De Flores: Four Studies

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Juan De Flores: Four Studies

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Juan de Flores: Four Studies, ed. Joseph J. Gwara, Papers of the Medieval Hispanic Research Seminar 49 (London: Department of Hispanic Studies, Queen Mary, University of London, 2005). 120 pp. ISBN: 0-902238-16-7. £9.50. Containing four essays on the various works composed by, or now attributed to, Juan de Flores, chronicler to the Catholic Monarchs, this volume attempts to present new insights into his literary achievements. Michael Agnew argues that the failings of the unfinished and anonymous chronicle attributed to Juan de Flores are signs of his wish to structure history in a literary fashion with due regard to exemplarity and an informed dialogue with above all Augustinian concepts of historical narrative; Joseph Gwara focuses upon the comic inversion of a misogynist proverb in Grisely Mirabella to provide a fitting denouement to the tale; Lilian von der Walde Moheno attempts to prise the author of Grisel from his self-identification with the narrator of the tale; and Barbara Weissberger searches for parallels between the anonymous but attributed chronicle and Juan de Flores's Triunfo de Amor. …

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