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By Cynthia Robinson

Medieval Andalusian Courtly tradition discusses the unicum manuscript of the Had?th Bay?d wa Riy?d, the single illustrated manuscript identified to have survived for greater than 8 centuries of Muslim and Arabic-speaking presence in present-day Spain. The manuscript is of paramount significance because it comprises the one recognized surviving model, either by way of textual content and of snapshot, of the affection tale of Bay?d wa Riy?d. This learn will position this manuscript in the context of overdue medieval Mediterranean courtly tradition, providing: an annotated translation into English of the total textual content reproductions of its photos an research of either textual content and photographs in a sequence of steadily broader contexts together with that of al-Andalus(Arabic-speaking); of "reconquista" Iberia; and the bigger Mediterranean global. Cynthia Robinson broadens knowing of the Mediterranean area in the course of the heart a while, making this article a useful source for students with pursuits in Medieval Spain, paintings and Mediterranean courtly tradition.

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Upon hearing these words, smiled, sighed, and recited these verses: My heart complained about my eyes and my eyes accused my heart— The one is the slave of the others because of desire and love! My eyes wounded my heart and he threw back at them a river of tears That fall in drops, like pears, down the cheek. ” And when finished reciting her poem, grabbed the lute from her hands and tuned it and rashly began to sing these verses, where it says: It is right that love be pleasant to the lover, If the one who should treat him justly in love does so.

Sorrows torment me with burning sighs, Together with a love lodged between my breast and my heart. There is no one to help me in the torment of my love, Except tears that flow from my eyes like rain. Bayad wa riyad translation 35 What consolation, what patience, can I expect for my passion, Since there is no remedy which can free my heart from the torment of love? Why is he whom I love distant and far? And why is there no possibility of reunion? What ruse must the lover employ? [12r] Then she began to cry, and her eyes filled with tears, and the entire majlis fell silent, right down to the last one.

And when… heard that, she stood up, cleaning the blood from her face and, sobbing, she improvised, saying: [wƗfir] I was strong when my heart Was free, without knowing what love is. But passion enslaved me, and desire, Until I fell into all the sorrows of love. Torment and suffering excite my desire— What a shame, what a long burning! I myself was the key to my torment— For this reason, Oh, my Lady, I deserve my punishment! Pardon me or scold me—in truth, my soul Is tortured with many torments!

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