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On Court Life

Edited and translated by John R.C. Martyn


John R. C. Martyn

The book presents new evidence on the Courts of Charles V and John III, as seen through the eyes of the eminent Portuguese humanist André de Resende. His four long Latin poems on this topic are here translated for the first time ever. His Genethliacon depicts a fascinating three-day festival, with stage-managed entertainments. The poems and biography of Resende also provide new insights into the life and character of him, and of several other poets and humanists of this period.
Contents: Life of Resende - Genethliacon (3 day banquet) - Letters to Ferreira, de Gois and Sanches (on Court abuses) - Commentary on the Latin poems - Court life as seen by Resende - Bibliography.