Academic journal article Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

Jorge Manrique's 'Coplas Por la Muerte De Su Padre': A History of the Poem and Its Reception/Poems for the Royal Weddings, 1496-97

Academic journal article Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

Jorge Manrique's 'Coplas Por la Muerte De Su Padre': A History of the Poem and Its Reception/Poems for the Royal Weddings, 1496-97

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NANCY F. MARINO, Jorge Manrique's 'Coplas por la muerte de su padre': A History of the Poem and its Reception. Woodbridge: Tamesis. 2011. 214 pp. ISBN 978 1 85566 231 5.

NANCY MARINO, Poems for the Royal Weddings, 1496-97. Papers of the Medieval Hispanic Research Seminar, 64. London: Queen Mary, University of London, Department of Hispanic Studies. 2008. 206 pp. ISBN 0 902238 66 3.

Isabel laCatolica's plan to utilize the new invention of the printing press to push her political agenda of the pacification and strengthening of Castile succeeded beyond her wildest dream with the most important artistic and political poem of the age, Manrique's Coplas. Initially written as a memorial to his father, Manrique's poem was an obvious candidate to glorify the new Cid, the hero of the long civil war against Isabel's allegedly illegitimate niece Juana Ta Beltraneja'.

The fact that it is a masterpiece was icing on the cake; after its initial appearance in the manuscript Cancionero de Oñate Castañeda (ca. 1480), the many printed editions have never stopped to the present day. Marino's fascinating study of how the reception of this work changed over five centuries is a compulsory purchase for any serious student of the Early Modern period in Spain. Particularly interesting for the fifteenth-century scholar is the first chapter on the dating of the poem and its earliest transmission, while Golden Age specialists will prefer the second chapter on reception during the Renaissance and Baroque, and early musical reception. The study extends to the twenty-first century, and ends with a useful discussion of changing perspectives, including genre, metre, structure, sources, the ubi sunt, and translations. …

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