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Sancho Panza And The Mimesis Of Solomon: Medieval Jewish Traditions In Don Quijote

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The quote, in which the people of the Island of Barataria liken Don Quijote's squire Sancho Panza to the figure of King Solomon, constitutes the only explicit mention of the legendary Biblical monarch in Cervantes' entire masterpiece. This chapter seeks to show that this allusion to the figure of Solomon is actually the culmination of a series of intertextual echoes of Hebrew legends in Don Quijote. Although the association between the squire Sancho Panza and King Solomon is evident in different ways throughout the novel, the chapter focuses especially on a series of events linked to the episode of Sancho's governorship in Barataria. The shadow of King Solomon in Don Quijote is not only that of the monarch described in several books of the Bible, but also the mythical Solomon popularized in diverse Hebrew and specifically Judeo-Spanish legends that circulated throughout Spain in the Middle Ages.

Keywords: Barataria; Don Quijote; Hebrew legends; Judeo-Spanish legends; King Solomon; Sancho's governorship; squire Sancho Panza



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