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Constructing the inimical jew in the Cantigas de Santa Maria: Theophilus's magician in text and image

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This chapter considers the visual imagery that was produced to accompany Alfonso X, king of Castile from 1252 to 1284, famous collection of Marian songs, the Cantigas de Santa Maria. The illustrations of the Cantigas de Santa Maria stand among the first works of art from Christian Iberia in which a fully developed vocabulary of visual signifiers specifically for representing Jews can be found. The chapter shows that the miniatures produced for the Cantigas de Santa Maria, despite their courtly origins, represent less Alfonso’s “official” attitude toward Jews than ideological points of intersection between the king’s presumed tolerance toward Jews and the increasingly hostile outlook of the society that surrounded him. The apparent independence of redactors and artists that is evident in the Theophilus tale reveals the impracticability of any attempt to explicate the Cantigas imagery solely in light of the king’s personal ideology.

Keywords: Alfonso X; Cantigas de Santa Maria; Christian Iberia; Jews; Marian songs; Theophilus; visual imagery



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