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‘Discordans D’Opinió’: Literary Discord In Spain

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This chapter concentrates on the importance of theological authorities and how they were used in fifteenth-century poetry. It focuses first on the poems exchanged by two poets on the subject of the Immaculate Conception in the Cancionero de Baena. The chapter argues that concentration on St Bernard as a key authority by both poets is a consequence of his importance to the debate about the doctrine. It discusses how Martínez de Medina is directed to consider the support accorded to the doctrine by two major Dominicans: the founder of the Order, St Dominic and Aquinas. Certamen poetry was written some eighty years later than the CB poems and provides a different perspective on use of authorities. Scholastic debate on the subject of the Immaculate Conception influenced not only the style of the language but also the content of poetic arguments.

Keywords: Certamen poetry; Immaculate conception; Martínez de Medina; St Bernard



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