Book of Fortune and Prudence (Llibre de Fortuna I Prudència) (Textos B #55) (Paperback)

Book of Fortune and Prudence (Llibre de Fortuna I Prudència) (Textos B #55) By Bernat Metge, David Barnett (Translator) Cover Image
By Bernat Metge, David Barnett (Translator)
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A medieval Catalan verse fantasy by Bernat Metge, the most important Catalan writer of the fourteenth century,

Written around 1381 by Bernat Metge, the most important Catalan writer of the fourteenth century, the Llibre de Fortuna i Prud ncia is a fantasy in verse, drawing on learned sources, principally The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius.
Early one morning, Bernat, the protagonist and narrator, decides to alleviate his sorrows by strolling around the harbour of Barcelona. He meets an old man, apparently a beggar, who tricks him into getting into a boat which, despite the absence of sails and oars, conveys him to an island where the goddess Fortuna appears to him. In a heated discussion, Bernat blames her for all his misfortunes. His next meeting is with Prudenciawho is accompanied by seven maidens representing the liberal arts. Prudencia is able to lessen his despair, and exhorts him to trust in providence and renounce material possessions. When she considers him cured, she and the maidens send him sailing back to Barcelona, where he quickly goes home to avoid gossiping townsfolk.

Published in association with Editorial Barcino, Barcelona.

DAVID BARNETT, whose doctorate is from Queen Mary, University of London, continues to be involved in research on medieval Catalan literature.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781855662285
ISBN-10: 1855662280
Publisher: Barcino-Tamesis
Publication Date: November 17th, 2011
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Textos B