Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Alfonso X El Sabio: 'Fuero Real'. Edición, Estudio Y Glosario

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Alfonso X El Sabio: 'Fuero Real'. Edición, Estudio Y Glosario

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Alfonso X el Sabio: 'Fuero Real'. Edición, estudio y glosario, ed. Azucena Palacios Alcaine (Barcelona: PPU, 199')· xli * 174 pp. ISBN 84-7667-816-8. No price given. This new edition of Alfonso el sabio's Fuero Real comes with an introduction divided into sections on medieval fueros in general, and their problems; Alfonso's legislative work as a whole; und the Fuero Real in particular. A respectable bibliography precedes an edition of the text based on an Escorial manuscript (Z.III. 16), and the volume closcs with an analysis of passages suppressed in this manuscript, based on four further Escoria} versions.

The introductory matter brings out the most important areas of debate, such as the relationship between the Fuero Real, the Espéculo and the Libro de los Fueros-, the disputed chronology of the Alphonsine legal works; and, in particular, the debate between García Gallo and Craddock; on this, as on some other issues, the editor is not prepared to come to a definitive conclusion, and on some other issues too there are perhaps signs of relative inexperience: the section on the development of Castilian as an official language is frankly simplistic. …

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