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The King and the Whore

King Roderick and La Cava

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Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Elizabeth Drayson
    Pages 1-8
  3. Elizabeth Drayson
    Pages 9-16
  4. Elizabeth Drayson
    Pages 59-73
  5. Elizabeth Drayson
    Pages 107-128
  6. Elizabeth Drayson
    Pages 129-165
  7. Elizabeth Drayson
    Pages 167-198
  8. Elizabeth Drayson
    Pages 199-212
  9. Elizabeth Drayson
    Pages 213-224
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 225-263

About this book


This study explores the extraordinary afterlife of the Spanish legend of King Roderick and La Cava in plays, poems, novels and operas from the Eighth century to the present day.


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About the authors

ELIZABETH ANNE DRAYSON is a member of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and lecturer in Spanish at New Hall and Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, UK.

Bibliographic information


"Drayson's study contributes fresh insights into the existing scholarship on the subject. The first three chapters of her study, in particular, provide an invaluable resource on the background of the 'King Roderick and La Cava' legend, as Drayson painstakingly and comprehensively differentiated between history and legend, and with great clarity documents the differernt directions the legent takes early in its existence . . . a worthwhile and engaging study." - Sixteenth-Century Journal