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Pedro De Valencia’s Notion Of Kingship: 'El Buen Pastor'

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The literary sources for the rey pastor lies in pre-Hellenic literature. Pedro de Valencias main influence was Dio Prusensis or Dio Chrysostom. Jos Antonio Maravall considers that a source for the image of el buen pastor was the new Christian humanism, informed by a revival of interest in the works of Seneca, which together resulted in the utopian vision of the gobierno pastoral. This notion is encapsulated in verses from the famous sonnet of Hernando de Acuña which extols universal monarchy. The utopa del rey pastor, as described by Maravall, implies universal Christian government and is associated with the reign of Charles V. However, there persisted the hope that such government would continue in the reign of his son.

Keywords: el buen pastor; Pedro de Valencia; rey pastor

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