Author: José Custódio Vieira da Silva
Publisher: Scala Books
Release Date: 2007
The Monastery of Batalha was founded to commemorate victory at the Battle of Aljubarrota, fought close to the present site in 1385. It quickly became one of the most important monastic establishments in Portugal, housing the pantheon of the newly established royal house of Aviz. Built in European Late Gothic style, and strongly influenced by contemporary Mediterranean architecture, it contains fine examples of the flamboyant decorations of the period and the elegant, slender lines - clear to see in the Afonso V Cloister - that preceded the formal austerity of the mid-fifteenth century and the new forms of the Renaissance. These are not much in evidence here, since, after King Manuel's death, his successors lost interest in the building. There is no finer example of the imaginative exuberance of the architects and sculptors who worked on the Monastery of Batalha than the famous Unfinished Chapels. Here, the complicated stone lacework has captured the curiosity and romantic imaginings of many generations. Visitors have always been equally fascinated by the fact that, because they were never completed, the chapels remain open to the sky.
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Author: G. Le Strange
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Release Date: 2013-01-03
Genre: Literary Criticism
This 1920 book contains the texts, with notes, of 142 Spanish ballads, arranged in four groups: miscellaneous, historical, Moslem historical and Moorish. The ballads are presented in the original Spanish with extensive textual notes given in English. It will be of value to anyone with an interest in Spanish literature and the ballad form.