Abstract

Abstract:

The following article examines the new notion of the terms sin, sinner and crime from the perspective of adultery in Siete Partidas and in Cantigas de Santa Maria by Alfonso X (1212–1284). The legal text shares the semantic value of sin according to the canonical moral dogma, but deviates in terms of the role played by crime as a social order transgression. We argue this allowed the monarch to utilize the ecclesiastical discourse of the Cantigas as a conduit to establish his sole authority in the regulation and interpretation of the laws. Furthermore, the artistic and visual expression of the concepts of sin and crime in the poetic framework of the Cantigas may serve as a vehicle for transmitting Alfonso’s new legal agenda to an audience wider than the public legal body.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1947-4261
Print ISSN
0193-3892
Pages
pp. 69-102
Launched on MUSE
2020-12-22
Open Access
No
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