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Author: Keller, John Esten
Title: The Canticles of Holy Mary of King Alfonso the Wise
Date: 1980
Publication details: The Kentucky Review 2, no. i (1980), 52-69.
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Commentary: Snow 2007rn"K. Makes good use of the Univ. of Kentucky's acquisition of the CSM facsimile [1979] by penning this elegant appreciation of its worth and importance. The set piece in this account — designed for the non-specialist but which can be enjoyed by the specialist as well — is a new portrayal of CSM 42 (given in the English trans. of K. Kulp-Hill) in which K.'s exposition evokes convincingly the happy union of folklore with text, illustration, and musical accompaniment. The reader is provided with two ways in which to assess the CSM: as a signal contribution to the medieval Marian tradition, and as a personal monument in the spiritual trajectory of king Alfonso."
Associated Poems: 42 - The Ring on the Finger of the Virgin’s Statue
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