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Metge, Bernat

Book of Fortune and Prudence

  • Editorial: Tamesis Books, Ltd.
  • Páginas: 88
  • Año: 2011
  • Precio: 24.00 €
  • Traductor: David Barnett
  • EAN: 9781855662285

Written around 1381 by Bernat Metge, the most important Catalan writer of the fourteenth century, the Libro de Fortuna y Prudencia 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 Prudencia who 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.

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