Los Amantes de Teruel - Drama Refundido en Cuatro Actos en Verso y Prosa HTML version

that this edition may serve as a safe approach to the systematicstudy, of the Romantic Movement in
Spanish literature.
The text of the play is that of the annotated edition of Dr. AdolfKressner, Leipsic, 1887 (
Bibliothek Spanischer Schriftsteller
), and isthe same as the one contained in the definitive collection of the playsof Hartzenbusch,
, Madrid, 1888-1892, Vol. I, pages 7-130(
Colección de Escritores Castellanos
The indebtedness of the editor to Professor E.C. Hills of Indiana
University for many helpful suggestions is gratefully acknowledged.
I. The Legend
II. Authenticity of the Legend
III. The Legend in Spanish Literature
IV. Life of Hartzenbusch
V. Hartzenbusch's Treatment of the Legend
VI. Romanticism
VII. Romanticism in
Los Amantes
VIII. Versification
#I. The Legend#. Constancy in love has inspired many writers and hasgiven undying fame to many
legends and traditions. Among the famouslovers that have passed into legend and that stand as the
embodiment ofconstant love in different ages and in different countries,—Pyramus andThisbe, Hero
and Leander, Tristam and Isolde, Romeo and Juliet,—are tobe found Marsilla and Isabel. These
Lovers of Teruel
, as constant asany of the others, are especially notable because of the purity of theirlove and because
of the absence of violence in their sudden departurefrom this life. Disappointed love, desperate grief at
separation, wasthe only cause of their death.
The old city of Teruel, founded by the Aragonese in the latter half ofthe twelfth century at the junction of
the Guadalaviar and the Alfambraas a stronghold in the territory recently recovered from the Moors, wasthe
fitting scene for the action of the legend. The pioneer life ofthe city, the depth of sentiment and
singleness of purpose of itsAragonese inhabitants, the crusading spirit that carried to victory thearmies of
Peter II of Aragón and his more famous son, James theConqueror, lend probability to a legend that would
ordinarily beconsidered highly improbable from the point of view of historicalauthenticity. Stripped of the
fantastic details that have gathered aboutit in the many literary treatments given to it by Spanish writers,
thelegend may be briefly told. In Teruel, at the beginning of thethirteenth century, lived Juan Diego