¡ Fuenteovejuna, todos a una !
is maybe the summary of the a whole strand of Lope de Vega theater work, the common people honour work. More than anybody at his time, Lope De Vega thought that everyone had is own dignity, and should fight for it. Like nobody in his time, Lope elevated the figure of the peasant as a heroic protagonist who defends his honour against the abuses, recognizing the victory of the weak over the powerful.
Fonteovejuna and Peribáñez answer however two very different question : how can one stand for himself, and and how a whole village can stand for itself.
Lope De Vega was a very committed worker. Although we know that he wrote many more, only around three hundred comedies have survived, an immense repertoire from which we have chosen a few to be republished. Some, such as Peribáñez, were in the canon from the beginning, while others had to wait centuries to be appreciated. And this is of course not even mentioning other kind of work, today rather forgotten, such as his tragedies.
However, all of them reveal an ingenious and versatile playwright who is as at home in historical tragedy as he is in the comedy of entanglement, and who draws from the most varied sources (from biblical times to medieval Galicia, from ancient Greece to the Toledo of King Bamba). Classical myths, chivalric fables, chronicles and even proverbs serve, in short, to allow Lope’s imagination to versify and produce a work of poesy that is unique to his own.
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