Honor, Love, and Religion in the Theater Before Lope de Vega, by Elaine C. Wertheimer.
The Spanish theater, unlike that of France and England, has no known history or pre-history reaching into the Middle Ages. All evidence points to it as a Renaissance creation that emerged during a period spanning the last years of the 15th century and the first decades of the 16th century. The principal contributors to the development of the early Spanish theater were Juan del Encina (1468?-1529?), Bartolomé de Torres Naharro (?-1524?), Gil Vicente (1465?-1536?), Lucas Fernández (1474-1542) and Diego Sánchez de Badajoz (?-1552) and it is their work that is the focus of attention of this study.
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