Essays on Iberian History and Literature, from the Roman Empire to the Renaissance: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Essays on Iberian History and Literature, from the Roman Empire to the Renaissance

1st Edition

By Harold Livermore


390 pages

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The studies by Professor Livermore collected in this volume deal with the history and literature of Portugal and Spain in the period from the fifth century Germanic invasion of Roman Spain up to the vision of the Orient in Fernão Mendes Pinto. A prominent interest is the literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and its place in the cultural history of the peninsula. Such themes include essays on the circumstances of Santillana's account of literature in his day, the evolution of the Spanish romance in the fifteenth century, and the person and works of Camões. Several other articles examine aspects of Anglo-Portuguese contacts.


'The present collection […] demonstrates the wide range of interests and productivity of an author well known for his histories of Portugal and Spain…' Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; The Britones of Galicia; Honorio y la restauración de las Hispanias; The coinage of the Suevic period; The ’Conquest of Lisbon’ and its author; The formation of the Cancionerios; The fifteenth-century evolution of the romance; Santillana and the Galaico-Portuguese poets; Dom Pedro the Regent, Alto Infante: in memoriam; The crisis in Portuguese India of 1526; An early English play described by a Spanish visitor; Notas sobre o Poets e sua família; Camões’ defence of poesy; ’Mais medrado que Camões’; ’Sad news or new reverses’: Camões’ elegy on the death of Dom Miguel de Meneses; Fernão Mendes and his Orient; The ’privileges of an Englishman in the kingdoms and dominions of Portugal’; Index.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General