"Libro de buen amor," by Juan Ruiz, edited by Steven D. Kirby
In this student edition, Steven D. Kirby welcomes the reader to one of the most fascinating literary works anywhere. His primary goal is to make this work of medieval Spanish readable to two groups of new readers: (1) advanced undergraduate (senior level) students and (2) Master’s-level and non-specialist Doctoral students.
Juan Ruiz, Archpriest of Hita, was an amazingly talented author of the early fourteenth century in Spain. He apparently began to create his highly entertaining Libro de buen amor (or Book of Good Love) around 1322 and the work seems to have been complete by 1330. The Archpriest uses an extensive array of sources in his book. He draws from the Bible, Æsopic fables, Church doctrine and practice, civil and canonical law, vernacular works like the Old Spanish Libro de Alexandre (or Book of Alexander the Great), the Siete Partidas of Alfonso X, el Sabio, and numerous other writings in both Latin (such as the Pamphilus de Amore) and Spanish.
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