I had more reasons to put this down than to keep reading honestly.
Nothing against medieval "exemplas" and fables, Berceo's Los Milagros de Nuestra SeñI had more reasons to put this down than to keep reading honestly.
Nothing against medieval "exemplas" and fables, Berceo's Los Milagros de Nuestra Señora were a really enjoyable book, for example.Popular knowledge quotes are something I really have interest in. But this book goes on for too long and few of the tales in the first part are memorable. 50 "exemplas" that get more than 50% of the book. It's almost unbearable. The point of view of the narrator is full of double standards. The tales are new versions of greek and latin sources,his "sense of moral" is a bit twisted.
However, I guess that's the contradictory side of it that didn't allow me to enjoy this as much as I wanted... the fourth and fifth part, more theology related...are less heavy if you're familiar with the catholic background. Still the marks of the author are too present all over the book by likening the crusaders to the priests, something that was a blasphemy during that time. Contemplative life is supposed to have a higher status...