Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

Carlos Maynes o las ropas de la emperatriz

Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (2006), 83, (1), 15–26.

Abstract

El manuscrito h-I-13 de la Biblioteca de San Lorenzo de El Escorial, generalmente conocido como Flos Sanctorum, es una interesante colección de relatos traducidos del francés y protagonizados por mujeres. El presente artículo se centra en el último relato, Carlos Maynes, que parece haber sido escogido para resaltar y atar de manera definitiva los diversos temas de la antología y darle un final al gusto de los lectores peninsulares, quienes simpatizarían con el papel central que en él tiene el pueblo. Además, en esta antología posee gran importancia la ropa, con la que tiene que ver precisamente la parte más chocante de Carlos Maynes, que es su desenlace, en el cual la protagonista, por consejo del Papa y en presencia de toda la corte, se desnuda para que su marido la cubra con su manto y la reciba en el domicilio conyugal, aunque para entonces todos saben que es inocente de las acusaciones de adulterio que se han vertido contra ella. El presente artículo estudia los múltiples significados que confluyen en este desenlace, incluido el hecho de que muestra de manera abierta la morbosidad y erotismo que se encuentran de manera más velada en el resto del relato y de la colección.

Manuscript h-13 of the San Lorenzo de El Escorial Library, generally known as Flos Sanctorum, is an interesting collection of tales with women protagonists translated from French. The present article focuses on the last story, Carlos Maynes. This narrative appears to have been chosen to highlight and tie together in a definitive manner the various themes of the anthology and to give it an ending pleasing to Peninsular readers sympathetic with the central role played by ordinary people. In addition, in this anthology, clothes have great importance. Indeed, the most striking part of Carlos Maynes, its conclusion, is related to clothes. There, the protagonist, on the advice of the Pope and in the presence of the entire court, disrobes so that her husband can cover her with his cloak and receive her in their home, although by then everyone knows that she is innocent of the accusations of adultery made against her. The present article studies the multiple meanings joined in this ending, including the fact that it shows openly the obsessive eroticism found in a more veiled fashion in the rest of the tale and throughout the collection.

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