Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Romance of Evast and Blaquerna

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Romance of Evast and Blaquerna

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Ramon Llull, Romance of Evast and Blaquerna, introduction by Albert Soler and Joan Santanach; translation and notes by Robert D. Hughes (Barcelona and Woodbridge: Barcino-Tamesis, 2016). 564 pp. ISBN 978-1-85566-304-6. ?19.99. Ramon Llull composed his ambitious narrative work Blanquerna in Montpellier around 1283. This lengthy text chronicles the life of Blaquerna and his trajectory through the roles of wealthy bourgeois, hermit, monk, pope, and eventually hermit once again, while also incorporating religious allegory, didactic fables and exempla, disquisitions on such topics as the reform of the Church and the moral corruption of society, and the mystical Book of the Lover and the Beloved (Lo Lib-re de amich e amat) composed within the frame narrative by Blaquerna towards the end of his life. Blaquerna was translated from Catalan into Occitan, and then from Occitan into French, before i290; the Book of the Lover and the Beloved, despite its condemnation in i376, circulated both within the larger work and also independently, in both Catalan and Latin versions. …

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