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Textual-pictorial convention as politics in the "Cantigas de Santa Maria" (Ms. Escorial T.I.1) of Alfonso X el Sabio

by Ellis, John C

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This dissertation analyzes the extent to which the pictorial cycle and poetic text in the C�³dice Rico manuscript of the Cantigas de Santa Mar�­a of Alfonso X el Sabio convey the same religious and ideological messages. The C�³dice Rico portrays an ordered, laboring Christian society with some presence of Jews and Muslims, at the mercy of nature and human nature and saved only by the grace and intercession of Holy Mary. In this iconographic society, King Alfonso appears both as the exemplary Christian ruler and the devotee of Mary, singing her praises and exhorting others to do the same. This dual representation suggests that the pictorial cycle of his Marian project is not merely pious, but also politically motivated and forming part of Alfonso X's greater ambition, the crown of Holy Roman Emperor.
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School:University of Massachusetts Amherst

School Location:USA - Massachusetts

Source Type:Master's Thesis

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Date of Publication:01/01/2003

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