The Literary Emancipation of Juan Rodríguez del Padrón: From the Fictional "Cartas" to the Siervo libre de amor

Speculum 55 (2):305-316 (1980)

In the fifty years that followed their publication, the Spanish sentimental romances enjoyed great popularity in the literary world of sixteenth-century Europe. Diego de San Pedro's Carcel de amor and Tratado de amoves de Arnalte e Lucenda were translated into Italian , French , and English . In England, the Tratado de amores was considered not only agreeable reading but also a useful handbook of rhetoric. The Italian and French versions of Juan de Flores's romances, Grisel y Mirabella and Grimalte y Gradissa , left their mark on the writings of Ariosto, Madame de Scudery, and Maurice Scève. Ironically, however, the principal work of Juan Rodríguez del Padrón, the creator of the genre and a dominant influence on its evolution in Spain, was completely ignored elsewhere in Europe. That his romance, Siervo libre de amor , and his poetry became better known in Spain was due in part to the erotic legend which associated his name with that of Queen María de Aragon, the wife of Juan II. Juan Rodríguez was born in Galicia at the end of the fourteenth century. As a hidalgo, he was very attached to traditional medieval values. As a poet, he was bound to the Galician lyrical legacy of Macías's poetry, and to the European tradition of courtly love. { event.preventDefault(); })
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