Spanish Ballads

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Spanish Ballads

Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics


February 10th, 1987

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The Spanish ballad tradition is one of the largest and most colourful in Europe, as reflected in the present collection of 71 of the best examples. They include tales of love and adventure, ancient legends such as those of Rodrigo the last Visigothic king, the battle of Roncesvalles and Bernardo del Carpio, stirring accounts of events of Spanish History such as the life of the Cid and the reign of Pedro "the cruel", as well as the "frontier ballads" about the relations between the Christians and the Moslems. Roger Wright's brilliantly performable verse translations closely recapture the style of the originals and make the meaning and spirit of the mediaeval ballad tradition come alive. His careful transcriptions of the Spanish texts and his detailed historical and linguistic notes provide a valuable insight into this splendid tradition. Spanish text with facing-page English translation.

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Roger Wright is Professor of Spanish at the University of Liverpool. Professor Wright's teaching, publications and research interests lie in Spanish Linguistics (in particular the history of the language) and Spanish oral literature. He is a leading international authority on Late Latin and the development of vernacular Romance languages.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page4
Copyright Page5
The Spanish Texts13
Sources 14
References 15
Love and Advent Ure Ballads 18
1. Blancaniña19
2. The Unhappy Wife20
3. Gerineldos21
4. Rico Franco23
5. The Prisoner (1)24
6. The Prisoner (2)25
7. Mariana25
8. Fonte Frida27
9. Conde Claros (1)29
10. Conde Claros (2)38
11. Death Concealed39
12. The Lady and the Shepherd40
13. The White-Footed Deer41
14. Rosa Fresca43
15. The Princess and Galván43
16. Doña Alda44
17. Rosa Florida45
18. Melisenda46
19. The Princess in the Tree48
20. Arnaldos49
21. Espinelo50
22. The Husband's Return (1)52
23. The Husband's Return (2)53
24. Virgil and the virgin54
25. The Spectre55
26. Gallarda56
Cycle Ballads58
Rodrigo the Last Visigothic King59
27. King ROdrigo and La Cava59
28. Julián in Ceuta61
29. Rodrigo's Retreat62
30. Rodrlzo's Penance63
The Battle of Roncesvalles66
31. The Flight of Marsín67
32. The Dead Knight's Father71
Bernardo el Carpio73
33. Bernardo's Birth73
34. Bernardo at Court74
35. Bernardo's Challenge75
36. Bernardo's Inheritance77
The Cid81
37. Ximena's Complaint81
38. Rodrigo and Fernando83
39. Fernando and the Archbishop85
40. Fernando and Urraca86
41. Urraca and Rodrigo86
42. Vellido Dolfos (1)87
43. Vellido Dolfos (2)88
44. Diego Ordóflez's Challenge90
45. Urraca and Gonzalo91
46. Fernando Arias93
47. Santa Gadea (1)93
48. Santa Gadea (2)95
49. The Cid and the Pope97
50. The Cid and Búcar98
51. The "Afrenta de Corpes"100
52. The Cid's Arrival at Toledo102
53. King Búcar's Decree103
Pedro the Cruel104
54. Pedro and Fadrique105
55. Pedro and the Shepherd109
56. The Death of Blanca113
57. The Death of Pedro115
58. The Siege of Baeza116
Frontier Ballads 117
59. Reduán117
60. Antequera118
61. The Duke of Arjona121
62. Abnámar123
63. Álora124
64. The Duke of Niebla125
65. Fajardo127
66. Moraima128
67. Alhama (1)129
68. Alhama (2)131
69. The Captive132
70. The Capture of Boabdil133
71. Rodrigo Tellez de Girón137
Chronological Table 141
Notes 142
Index of Spanish First Lines 260