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Title: Representations of treachery in foundation myths of Iberia : a diachronic study of the legends of Fernán González, Bernardo del Carpio and Sancho II
Author: Coates, G.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2006
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This dissertation examines the representation of treachery in three foundation myths of Iberia: Fernán González and the independence of Castile, Bernardo del Carpio, and Sancho II and the siege of Zamora. The project is a diachronic study which considers literary versions of these myths from both medieval and Golden Age Spain, with a view to comparing the representation of treachery across two historical time periods which share a close interest in the presentation of Spanish history, and through different literary versions of the legends, in epic, chronicle and theatre. Chapters 2 and 3 of the dissertation treat versions of these myths from the thirteenth century, in the Estoria de España (1252-84), and the Poema de Fernán González (c. 1250), whilst chapters 4 and 5 examine the reproduction of these legends in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, in the theatre of Golden Age Spain. I examine two plays by Juan de la Cueva, Comedia de la muerta del rey don Sancho, y reto de Çamora, por don Diego Ordóñez, and Comedia de la libertad de España por Bernardo del Carpio (1579-81), and four works by Lope de Vega: El casamiento en la muerte (1595-97), Las mocedades de Bernardo del Carpio (1599-1608), El conde Fernán González (1606-12) and Las almenas de Toro (1610-19). Broadly understood, the aim of this study is to provide a fuller understanding of the role of treachery in relation to the dynamics of group identity, both in these literary accounts and beyond.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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