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Count Lucanor or, The Fifty Pleasant Tales of Patronio

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Category

Literature

Date

1330-1335

Original title

El conde Lucanor

“Count Lucanor or, the Fifty Pleasant Tales of Patronio” is the complete title of one of the most important and widely renowned works of Infante Juan Manuel, the cousin of Alfonso X ‘the Wise’.

This is a collection of fifty apologues (narrative form employing an allegory to demonstrate a moral or philosophical posture) giving solutions to problems of salvation and honour presented by ‘Count Lucanor’ as a sort of dilemma to his mentor ‘Patronio’, who replies with a moral-bearing example.

The Infante Juan Manuel mixed oriental fables, fairy tales, satiric stories, parabolas, allegories and heroic narratives taken from the Bible and other works, compiled from spoken transmission. This work is a varied compilation of apologues, a genre that was highly appreciated in the Middle Ages.

With “Count Lucanor”, the Infante offers numerous autobiographical data, since he appears as just another character as well, presented in a third person narrative.

  

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