An encyclopedia of love. This loving compendium written by a Provençal troubadour, develops the main idea that the world emanates love in all its varieties: love of God, neighbor, earthly pleasures and finally the love for women and temptations that accompany it. The miniatures that illustrate provide extensive information about the daily life of the time: the costumes and household utensils they used.
The Breviari d’Amor was originally written in Provencal (French) by the Franciscan monk Matfre Ermengaud of Béziers between 1288 and 1292. He was in Western Europe and continued rapid acceptance throughout the Middle Ages, being copied and translated several times. The most important examples of this are the Russian National Library and the National Library of Spain (which has also made a facsimile edition).
But it really was a favorite book of many bibliophiles and learned men is in France and the Crown of Aragon. Nor should we forget that the spirituality of Franciscan inspiring Breviari always enjoyed sympathy among the Crown of Aragon as lulismo. Among readers and admirers of the book people like the poet Pere March, King John I and, of course, the famous bibliophile named Alfonso the Magnanimous were counted.
It is a Breviari because the author deliberately shuns make Opus Major or a thorough and meticulous encyclopaedia, and d’Amor because the author this concept is what defines God, which, with this love (creator), rules and governs all beings and things created. Therefore, throughout the book they are studied all knowledge that relate to the man and the things of this.
Astronomy, natural history, astrology, meteorology, physics, geography, theology and morality are explained in the form of short stories colored with all sorts of rhetorical and linguistic resources that make any issue be coated with a grace special that we perceive much more pronounced as readers of a work that was intended for readers and / or viewers for six centuries. Where it manifests sharper wit it is when the author satirizes some sector of society. Doctors, peasants, jesters, kings, administrators, women, players, bourgeois … are passed through an ironic, and often deeply demanding and always biting, riddle. The symbolism that the author uses to describe the evils convincingly is truly amazing and is an absolute pleasure reading if accompanied by a detailed miniatures abundant and delicious analysis.
facsimile edition of the original copy kept in the National Library of Russia (St. Petersburg), MS signature. Prov. F. V. XIV.1, held in 2003 in numbered limited edition to 995 copies and authenticated by a notary.
Facsimile bound in velvet pink patterned off cartilina. 25 x 35 cm format. 504 pages. 29 full-page miniatures and 192 of different sizes. Presented in case box book format for better integrated conservation.
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