The «Wisdom Text» by a Catalan Writer of the Early Renaissance
Chapter One: The Rhetoric of Reasoning 27
ONE The Rhetoric of Reasoning A Scholarly Repetitio Moner has left us two minor prose works, one in Castilian and one in Catalan, which may be regarded as essays of sorts. I have edited these pieces under the respective title of Tratado sobre la paciencia (see Appendix, pp. 179–84)1 and Resposta a Jaume de Ribes (Oc 127–35). As it normally happens with texts of this nature, their titles or epigraphs in the primary sources either lack any spe- ciﬁ c reference as to genre—Moner’s Tratado, for example, is presented simply as “Sobre paciencia”—or bear miscellaneous designations, such as the resposta, used by Moner, and others that will become apparent presently. One of the most inﬂ uential ﬁ gures that made a capital contribution toward the shaping of the genre of these short compositions, is, no doubt, Alfonso Fernández de Madri- gal, better known as “El Tostado,” the renowned academician who ﬂ ourished in Salamanca toward the mid-1400s. Pedro M. Cátedra has shown that, thanks to such publications as Breviloquio de amor y amiçiçia, numerous questiones— that is commentaries on the Bible—and even the Tratado de cómo al hombre es necesario amar, falsely attributed to El Tostado,2 the latter cast a long shadow on Spanish writers for many successive generations. Of special signiﬁ cance as CocozzellaPeter.indd Sec1:27 12/31/09 8:21:22 PM 28 Fra Francesc Moner’s Bilingual Poetics of Love and Reason signs of El Tostado’s enduring legacy are such...
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