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From fifteenth-century Spain a group of poems have been conserved that tell the stories of wars fought between Moors and Christians that decided the destiny of Al-Andalus. These poems, called romances fronterizos ("frontier ballads"), depict the people that lived in this territory: the Moorish king, his subjects, and the women of Al-Andalus. They also tell of the Christian king who they valiantly fought against to maintain their empire. Each of these characters plays an important role in the description of what happened in these fierce battles in which the Moors wound up defeated and without the territory that had been theirs for almost eight hundred years. This project shows the figure of the Moorish king as a sentimental figure who, although was cruel to his subjects, also cried at the loss of the cities that he loved so much.

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The Department of Modern Languages

Abstract

Desde el siglo XV se han conservado en la literatura española unos poemas que cuentan historias de guerras entre moros y cristianos que decidieron el destino de Al-Andalus. Dichos poemas, llamados romances fronterizos, muestran los varios personajes que vivieron en este territorio—el moro trabajador, la mujer y el rey moro, el cual se contrasta con el rey cristiano. Cada uno de estos juega un papel importante en la descripción de lo que pasó en estas luchas feroces en las que los árabes terminaron derrotados y sin el territorio que había sido su patria por casi ochocientos años. Esta tesis intenta desarrollar y mostrar la figura del rey moro como un ser sentimental que, aunque fue cruel hacia sus súbditos, también lloró la pérdida de sus ciudades queridas.

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