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The Song of History in Calderón's El médico de su honra

From: Bulletin of the Comediantes
Volume 59, Number 1, 2007
pp. 89-108 | 10.1353/boc.2007.0005



At the conclusion of Pedro Calderón's drama, El médico de su honra, a song emanates off-stage at the precise moment of the heroine's murder. These parallel actions suggest the critical role that the ballad plays in relation to the events taking place on stage. By means of this ballad, the singers bring attention to the political conflict that results in the personal tragedy of one of the king's subjects. The lyric not only plays an aesthetic but also a political role in El médico de su honra that puts into question the violent nature of power and authority.