DONA URRACA AND HER BROTHER ALFONSO VI: INCEST AS POLITICS Teresa Catarella Technische Universität, Munich "El Magno" and Sancha de León, is one of the most powerful of The figure of doña Urraca (c. 1033-1 101), daughter of Fernando I medieval Iberia. She is the dominant and central character ofthe first cantar of the epic Las particiones del rey Fernando, "La muerte del rey Fernando", and the driving force ofthe second, "Las guerras del rey don Sancho".1 She is die pious and devout daughter, sister, and co-ruler recorded in the Latin historical chronicles, as well as the passionate and cruel temptress in vernacular chronicles and in the ballad tradition. She is die prototypical epic anti-heroine, the narrative counterpart to the idealized figure ofJimena. Her persona incorporates a veritable arsenal of carnal sins including seducing Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, "El Cid", blackmailing her father on his deathbed by threatening prostitution, and sexually manipulating Vellido Adolfo into murdering her brother Sancho.2 One aspect of Urraca's dishonorable narrative legacy, however, that has not received as much attention has been her alleged incest with has come down to us in two chronicle references: a politically-charged tympanum commissioned by Urraca for the Basilica
La corónica: A Journal of Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures – La corónica: Journal of Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures & Culture
Published: Apr 4, 2007
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