A gift for the Catholic Monarchs: a historiographical poem on the Reconquista by Pedro Marcuello

Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada

Spain — Between 1482 and 1502

Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada

Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada

Spain — Between 1482 and 1502

  1. The Aragonese poet Pedro Marcuello composed a historiographical poem about the Reconquista

  2. The historic events, the Catholic Monarchs, and the author himself are recorded in this gift to the Spanish royals

  3. Finished in 1502, the elegant manuscript was presented to Queen Isabella I (1451–1504) in 1503, shortly before her death

Rimado de la Conquista de Granada

Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada

Yoke and Bundle of Arrows

This page presents the emblem of the Catholic Monarchs and their co-monarchy uniting Spain into a single kingdom, serving as the heraldic device for the descendants of Ferdinand and Isabella for centuries. It referenced the legend of the Gordian knot as well as the classical metaphor for unity: a single arrow can be easily broken, but they are unbreakable if tied together. Its Spanish name El yugo y las flechas is also an allusion to their names: “Y” for Ysabel and “F” for Fernando.

Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada

Alternative Titles:
  • Rimado de la Conquista de Granada
  • Devocionario de la Reyna Doña Juana a quien llamaron la Loca
  • Gedicht von der Eroberung Granadas
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
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  1. Short Description
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Short Description

Beginning in 1482, the Aragonese poet Pedro Marcuello composed a historiographical poem about the re-conquest of the Iberian Peninsula under the Catholic Monarch Ferdinand and Isabella. The literary work was recorded in a gorgeous manuscript as a gift to the selfsame royal couple. Here, the historic events as well as the Catholic Monarchs and the author himself are wonderfully illustrated and recorded. An impressive testimony to Spanish history, literature, and art!

Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada

At the beginning of the year 1482 in the Emirate of Granada, riots and small battles broke out between Moors and Christians. The Iberian Peninsula had been conquered by the Muslims in the 8th century. Moorish rule, which also strongly influence Spanish culture, had to accept an increasing loss of power leading up to the 15th century. The struggles of the year 1482 was finally widened into a war by the intervention of King Ferdinand, who would seal the famous Reconquista – the re-conquest of the Iberian peninsula from the Moors – and therewith the end of Muslim hegemony in Spain. As an endpoint to this significant chapter in Spanish history, the Treaty of Granada was signed on November 25th, 1491.

The Historic Events in Verse

These events belong among the highpoints of the rule of the Catholic Monarchs: Ferdinand of Aragon (1452–1516) and Isabella of Castile (1451–1504). This splendid manuscript arose during the years 1482–1502 in their honor with a poem about the conquest of Granada. After the death of the royal couple, this precious literary-cultural work of art presumably came into the possession of their daughter Johanna the Mad and finally made its way to the Palace Library of Chantilly, France.

The Author and his Work

The author of the poem concerning the historical events occurring during the rule of the Catholic Monarchs was Pedro Marcuello, an Aragonese poet. With this work, he created an accolade of historiographical significance to the rulers and their accomplishments. It was probably even intended as a precious gift and was presented to them in the year 1503 – shortly before the death of Isabella. Aside from the Catholic Monarchs with baby Johanna in-between them, the author himself is continuously depicted, sometimes even with his daughter. 58 full-page miniatures in the Gothic style with the first echoes of the Renaissance decorate and illustrate the Spanish story. This pictorial adornment is completed with splendid gold leaf and numerous historiated initials.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Rimado de la Conquista de Granada
Devocionario de la Reyna Doña Juana a quien llamaron la Loca
Gedicht von der Eroberung Granadas
Size / Format
148 pages / 21.5 x 14.5 cm
Origin
Spain
Date
Between 1482 and 1502
Language
Illustrations
58 full-page miniatures and numerous decorated initial letters
Artist / School
Rimado de la Conquista de Granada

Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada

Spanish Royal Family Portrait

This elegant family portrait depicts the union that gave birth to the Kingdom of Spain: the 1469 marriage of King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castile. The Catholic Monarchs are depicted here flanking their daughter, the Infanta Dona Juana, who would succeed her mother as Queen Joanna of Castile. The author, Pedro Marcuello, looks on from the margins.

The beholder observes the royal family as though through a window and they stand in a room with finely patterned walls and a tiled floor. All are dressed in rich brocade and are accompanied by a small dog. It is a historically-accurate portrait: Ferdinand had dark shoulder length hair while Princess Joana strongly resembled Isabella, who was fair skinned with strawberry blonde hair.

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Rimado de la Conquista de Granada
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
Rhyme of the Conquest of Granada – 604 (1339)-XIV-D-14 – Bibliothèque du Château (Chantilly, France)
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Rimado de la Conquista de Granada

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Edilan – Madrid, 1995
Limited Edition
1500 copies
Binding
Full leather
Commentary
1 volume (453 pages) by Estrella Ruiz-Gálvez y Priego
Language: Spanish
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