The Weaver of Segovia

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Typographic rustic ISBN: 9788498162967

This work appeared under the title El tejedor de Segovia Comedy in verse by the Spaniard Juan Ruiz de Alarcón (1581-1639). It was published in the Second Part of the comedies of the Licenciado don Juan Ruiz de Alarcón y Mendoza in Barcelona, in 1634.
Dated between 1616 and 1619, El tejedor de Segovia shows Alarcón’s intention to proclaim a good government. Its first part is anonymous and the second original by the author.
The characters in this play escape the common mold of Alarconian characters. Siblings Fernando and Ana Ramírez de Vargas flee from Suero and Julian Peláez, their father’s killers. And they take refuge in Segovia pretending to be children of the weaver Pedro Alonso. Then they kill their father’s executioners in just revenge, approved by King Alfonso VI of Castile.
The events that take place in El tejedor de Segovia date back to medieval times. From his condition of man and playwright of the seventeenth, Alarcón incurs in small anachronisms, on the other hand not uncommon in dramatic works. We can judge that these are mere errors or that, on the contrary, they obey a literary license that appeals to the complicity of the spectator.
But we can affirm that the characters and situations refer us directly to the political reality of the playwright, with a clear moralizing purpose.
If in several of his works Alarcón dealt with issues as relevant as the monarchy, the relationship between King and favorite or the need for a reform of the state, in El tejedor de Segovia some of these aspects are revealed as essential for the interpretation of comedy.
Alarcón felt close to the Count-Duke of Olivares, gentleman of the chamber of Prince Philip IV of Spain, defender of the monarch’s reform project.
In El tejedor de Segovia and La crueldad por el honor we find the commitment of the Mexican playwright with the olive regime. In the first case this duty is evidenced by the social persecution suffered by the innocent and aggrieved Fernando, whose greatness lies in trying to avenge his dishonor with word and reason.

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