Transcending the ages of men: Rodrigo as the male exemplar of the of the Mocedades de Rodrigo Public Deposited

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  • Gearhart, Grant
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Romance Studies
  • For a long time, scholars regarded Mocedade's Rodrigo as a roguish youth, a far cry from the exemplary behavior embodied by the Cid of the Cantar. However, of late some studies have focused on Mocedades as embodying the typical rite of passage a young man must undertake from one age to another. Medieval writers thought that a man's life naturally divides into separate stages of development, with each stage having an appropriate mode of behavior. The hero, however, is a special individual that at times transcends the limitations of his age and can achieve some of the qualities of older ages as a child. The goal of this study is to examine the characterization of the Rodrigo of Mocedades from the vantage point of what was considered age appropriate behavior in the Middle Ages for each stage of life in order to determine if and how its underlying characterization of the hero differs from it and from the Cantar.
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