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Manuscript of ‘Songbook of Stúñiga’

  • Collection of verse by Stúñiga © Biblioteca Nacional de España

    Collection of verse by Stúñiga © Biblioteca Nacional de España





1460 - 1463

Original title

Manuscrito del "Cancionero de Stúñiga"
Spanish National Library

This is a collection of works of the poets in the court of Alfonso V “el Magnánimo”, King of Aragon.

The songbooks are medieval collections of courtly poems, initially in Galician-Portuguese, and from the 15th century in Castilian Spanish.

After the conquest of the kingdom of Naples in 1443, under Alfonso V a literary group of poets from Castile, Aragon and Catalonia was formed, which had contact with the best of the Italian Renaissance. This collection was compiled in Naples after the king’s death, taking its name from the author of the first poem, Lope de Stúñiga. The manuscript is written in Gothic rotunda script on vellum (tanned and highly polished cow or calf skin, particularly that used for painting and writing), with a border of plants and an allegory of the four cardinal virtues (Prudence, Justice, Courage and Temperance).

Details of the work


Written in Gothic rotunda script on vellum


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