The Lady Minstrel
Original title: La juglaresa

The Lady Minstrel

Original title: La juglaresa
Synopsis:

The Lady Minstrel recreates the legendary life of María Pérez “la Balteira”, a beautiful woman from a good family who decided, in the XIII century, during the reign of Alfonso X, to become a soldier, as we know from chants and songbooks of the era. Little more than a girl, a lover of dance and music, she took to the road, leaving behind the misery of Galicia, where she was born, to live the life of an adventurer with extraordinary independence for her time.

With the gripping rhythm of a picaresque novel, we come to know characters of all kinds: kindly procurers, drunken friars, protective or quarrelsome jongleurs, cunning queens and lusty monarchs… In this rogues’ gallery, in travels across the peninsula, the hero develops strategies to survive, which include mastering her art and managing the fame that precedes her, inciting sincere friendship but also bitter hatred, until finally she becomes a court dancer. Through a twist of circumstances, she is ordered by the king to become a spy, using her charms among the Moorish chiefs in the Kingdom of Granada. This will force her to leave behind her great love, and distance will test her sentiments and her reason.

Through a colorful fresco showing all the miracles of medieval life, The Lady Minstrel is an authentic recreation of the life of María Pérez, la Balteira, a fascinating woman who lived in the world of the troubadours at the court of Alfonso X.

Technical data

Publishing date: | 352 pages | ISBN: 978-84-670-5918-2 | Imprint: Espasa

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