Trabajos Jose Maria Anguita

Almost simultaneously, three papers by Professor José María Anguita Jaén have recently appeared on the Codex Calixtinus.

The first of them («Pictavenses contra Cornubianos: unha polémica literaria con transfondo político entre Jofre de Monmouth e Aimerico Picaud» Revista de Literatura Medieval 35 (2023) 109-136) reveals what appears to be a controversial exchange between the authors of the Liber sancti Iacobi and De gestis Brittonum, dated between 1136 and 1138. The nature of the writings shows that the two authors shared cultural environments and that, possibly, they got to know each other personally. Their respective links with high personalities of their time and the outbreak of the English dynastic war in 1135 would have led the two authors to confront each other literary in defense of the interests of their lords.

The second article («Entre a Historia e a Ficción: Dictis e Dares como modelos da Historia Karoli Magni (Pseudo-Turpín) e o De Gestis Britonum de Jofre de Monmouth» Cuadernos del CEMYR 32 (2024) 259-285) is in strict line with the first, since from the idea that Aymeric Picaud and Geoffrey of Monmouth knew their respective works, it shows how, simultaneously and in parallel, both managed to blend into the historiographic context of their time, through a knowledge perfect of the conventions of the genre; and through authorization strategies that were modeled on the De excidio Troiae of Dares the Phrygian and the Ephemeris belli Troiani of Dictis of Crete.

The third work («A Vía Aquitana, o Camiño Francés e a fortuna da guía do Codex Calixtinus» El Camino con las huellas del Apóstol. I Congreso Vía Aquitania Camino de Santiago cur. Agustín Rilova Simón, Diputación de Burgos / Diputación de Palencia, Burgos 2023, pp. 99-118) deals with the composition and sources of the Pilgrim’s Guide, as well as its position and meaning within the Calixtine compilation.