|dc.contributor.author||WEST, GEOFFREY RICHARD||
|dc.identifier.citation||West, G.R. 1975. HISTORY AS CELEBRATION : CASTILIAN AND HISPANO-LATIN EPICS AND HISTORIES, 1080 - 1210. Queen Mary University of London||en_US
|dc.description.abstract||This thesis attempts to situate three Hispano-Latin histories
within the broader context of twelfth-century Spanish literature
that includes chronicle writing and vernacular epic. The Introduction
traces the development of Latin historiography in Leon from the ninth
century, highlighting features still evident in the twelfth-century
histories. It also describes the evolution of Spain's heroic age
in Castile and contrasts this with the Reconquest aspirations of Lean.
The one inspired epic poetry, the other a complementary form of
celebratory literature: the heroic biography. Each history celebrated
the deeds of one man: Rodrigo Diaz in the Historia Roderici, Alfonso V1
in the Historia Silence and Alfonso VII in the Chronica Adefonsi Imperatcris.
The final section of the Introduction outlines the approach
to these works, which focuses on form in relation to theme, on the
significance of a heightened form of expression and on point of view.
In the following three chapters, these aspects are examined in each
work in relation to the portrayal of the central figure. Chapter II
examines also the panegyrical Carmen Campidoctoris and concludes with
a comparison of the attitudes of the poet of the Cantar de Mio Cid
and the historian of the Historia Roderici to their subject-matter.
The second part of Chapter III distinguishes between the Historic
Silense and the Liber chronicerum of Pelayo with which it has been
compared. Chapter IV includes a separate study of the verse section
of the Chronica Adefonsi Irnperatoris, the Poem de Almeria, but the
latter is seen as an integral part of the history. Chapter V draws
together aspects of the preceding chapters, for it
studies the Cronica Majerense c as a cross-section of twelfth-century Spanish literature,
its material being drawn from chronicles, histories and heroic legends.
Finally, the historical writings of the twelfth century are related to
broadly defined categories of chronicle, biography and history.
Chapter VI examines common stylistic features of the Latin works
and of vernacular epic. The first part is devoted to linguistic
features and distinctive forms of phraseology, the second to narrative
motifs typical of the celebratory work. An appendix-to the chapter
explores the function of several of these features in one genre: the
Romance epic. The approach adopted in this final chapter coincides
with that sustained throughout the thesis, 'which is to highlight
similarities between histories and epic, while observing the basic'
differences between the two genres.||en_US
|dc.description.sponsorship||Westfield College Research Studentship||en_US
|dc.publisher||Queen Mary University of London||en_US
|dc.rights||The copyright of this thesis rests with the author and no quotation from it or information derived from it may be published without the prior written consent of the author||
|dc.subject||twelfth century Spanish literature||en_US
|dc.title||HISTORY AS CELEBRATION : CASTILIAN AND HISPANO-LATIN EPICS AND HISTORIES, 1080 - 1210||en_US