Law and Order in Medieval Spain, I'm a little amazed. I love finding out that there are some people looking for a nonfiction book of literary criticism of thirteenth-century poetry based on legal tracts. I recently had occasion to be dumbfounded when I wandered onto the Amazon page for this book with a different objective to find that a thoughtful reader had taken the time to leave an unsolicited (but much appreciated) five-star review.
Readers, there is nothing that makes an author's day like an unexpected bit of honest appreciation from someone who connected with that author's book.
"A book for a well rounded library," this singular review proclaims. "Enjoyed reading this book and so glad I found it. In college I took a music history class that covered the cantigas of the Virgin Mary."
Me, too. My first exposure to the Cantigas was in "Música Española," a class for American college students in Córdoba, Spain.
"I did find many other books but they were mostly in Latin and the prices were in the range from fifty dollars up to six hundred. This book was at the right price for me but the author put her heart into this book."
Quality academic publishing is expensive, but students are the people who can least afford high prices. I priced the book to be accessible to everyone who might have a hint of interest. Yes, I admit, I put my heart into this book — thanks for appreciating it!
"All her research is well documented and footnoted with names of other authors and universities where I could even get more history."
The highest academic standards were in place at all times during construction of this book. Blood, sweat, and tears. It's nice to know readers like that.
"The ancient art work is a treasure to behold especially since I don't think I'll be traveling to Spain. The subject of this book can interest those who like history, religion, music, or art. All these reasons are why I think this book is for a well rounded library."
That's what I love most about the Cantigas de Santa Maria: they touch so many aspects of medieval life. They aren't unitary, but a combination.
"I even wish the author would write a second book with more on the cantigas of the Virgin Mary."
Of course this makes me want to drop everything and head to the library to start researching more!
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