From Debate to political Propaganda through the Women’s Quarrel in Juan Rodríguez del Padrón, Diego de Valera and Álvaro de Luna

Abstract: This article analyzes three works composed one after another during the reign of John II of Castile, probably in its more unrestrained period, between 1438 and 1446, in the light of the political, cultural and literary background they reveal: Juan Rodríguez del Padrón’s Triunfo de las donas, Diego de Valera’s Defensa de virtuosas mujeres and Álvaro de Luna’s Virtuosas e claras mugeres. These are precious testimonies of different political tendencies which were opposed at that time. In fact, as far as ideology is concerned, the two latest works can be read as rewritings which tend to replace the subversive political lesson contained in Juan Rodríguez del Padrón’s treatise.

Key Words: Triunfo de las donas, Juan Rodríguez del Padrón, Defensa de virtuosas mujeres, Diego de Valera, Virtuosas e claras mugeres, Álvaro de Luna, politics, women’s quarrel.


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