The Book of Count Lucanor and Patronio

The Book of Count Lucanor and Patronio: A Translation of Don Juan Manuel's El Conde Lucanor

John E. Keller
L. Clark Keating
Copyright Date: 1977
Pages: 208
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    The Book of Count Lucanor and Patronio
    Book Description:

    Don Juan Manuel, nephew of King Alfonso X, The Wise, knew well the appeal of exempla (moralized tales), which he believed should entertain if they were to provide ways and means for solving life's problems. His fourteenth-century book, known asEl Conde lucanor, is considered by many to be the purest Spanish prose before the immortalDon Quixote of Cervanteswritten two centuries later. He found inspiration for his tales in classical and eastern literatures, Spanish history, and folklore. His stories are not translations, but are his retelling of some of the best stories in existence. The translation succeeds in making the author speak as clearly to the modern reader as to readers of his own time.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-6332-1
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. [i]-[iv])
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. [v]-[vi])
  3. Translators’ Introduction
    (pp. 1-34)

    Prince Don Juan Manuel’s life reads like a historical novel.¹ Machiavelli might have used the prince as a model, since he drifted across the line dividing patriotism from treason. As a military strategist he was both bold and adroit. As a gentleman, sophisticated, polished, and educated quite probably beyond most of his contemporaries; as a sportsman and hunter; and as a paterfamilias par excellence, he could be matched with the great Renaissance gentlemen to come after him. And yet he also excelled in a quieter sphere. No Spaniard of his times surpassed him as scholar, thinker, and writer. Few read...

  4. Don Juan Manuel’s Table of Contents
    (pp. 35-38)
  5. Don Juan Manuel’s Introduction & Prologue
    (pp. 39-42)

    This book was written by Don Juan Manuel, son of the noble Prince Don Manuel, with the wish that all men should accomplish in this world such deeds as would be advantageous to their honor, their possessions, and their stations, and so that they would adhere to the career in which they could save their souls. And in it he sets down the most profitable tales which he knew concerning things that happened, so that men can do what has been mentioned above. And it would be a wonder if in this book there will not be found something which...

  6. The Stories of Count Lucanor & Patronio
    (pp. 43-196)

    It happened one time that Count Lucanor was talking privately to his counselor Patronio, and he said to him: “Patronio, as it happens, a great, powerful and much honored man, who claims to be a good friend of mine, told me a few days ago, that as a result of certain events, he is planning to leave the country never to return, and, because of his affection for me and his trust in me, he wants to leave me all his lands. Some he will sell to me, the rest he will leave in my hands. Now since this is...

  7. Bibliographical Essay
    (pp. 197-201)