The Emerald of Love

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Hardcover ISBN: 9788499536194
Typographic rustic ISBN: 9788498162240

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The legacy of Francisco Rojas Zorrilla, one of the great playwrights of Spain’s Golden Age, includes a series of works with uncertain attribution, among which is The Emerald of Love (La esmeralda del amor). This drama focuses on the love story of King Carlos of France, who will later become Charlemagne. His object of love changes continually as he is attracted to various women who possess a magical jewel: the emerald of love, which gives the play its title.
The first “jornada” or act introduces us to an atmosphere of reverence and respect towards King Carlos, who is received with praises by various nobles, including the Marquis. The epic tone of the act is established through a speech by the king, narrating the exploits of his army and the challenges they face.
What stands out in this work is its exploration of the changing nature of love, especially when influenced by external elements like a magical object. This adds a layer of complexity to the themes of love and desire, suggesting that even the most intense feelings can be ephemeral or manipulable.
The play also excels in its poetic language and its ability to build an epic atmosphere. The speeches of the king and the description of the battles and challenges faced by his army add a tone of grandeur that elevates the play beyond a simple love story. This is reflected in the dialogue, which is both grandiloquent and emotive, capturing the magnitude of the events described.
The Emerald of Love is a work that challenges conventional notions of love and loyalty, offering a more nuanced and complex perspective. Its treatment of magic as an element that can influence human emotions raises interesting questions about the nature of love and the authenticity of feelings. Moreover, the play is a testament to Rojas Zorrilla’s skill in blending the epic and the personal, the supernatural and the human, into a coherent and emotionally engaging narrative.
Although the attribution of this work may be contentious, its thematic richness and emotional complexity make it a fascinating piece that deserves a place in the canon of Spanish Golden Age theater. “La esmeralda del amor” skillfully combines epic-historical elements with profound questions about the nature of love and human destiny.

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