Antigüedad y actualidad de Luis Vélez de Guevara : estudios by C. George Peale

By C. George Peale

Esta colección de estudios críticos se ha compilado con el propósito de revalorar al genial comediógrafo del siglo XVII, Luis Vélez de Guevara (1579-1644), y, posiblemente, restablecerlo como figura de importancia en los angeles historia del teatro español.

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21 26 Vélez de Guevara Vilhán, in El amor en vizcaíno, is likewise a converso. "23 Martín in El Conde don Pero Vêlez is a more subtle case. The author, rather than present this figure openly as a converso, uses him as a vantage point from which to attack a court that condones the hypocrisy, the "false surnames," the way in which the hábito of a Military Order is granted on the basis of trumped-up genealogies. " 24 Vélez exploits a similar dramatic technique in La Luna de la Sierra. " If this was of any importance, he adds, there would be farriers for husbands as well as for horses !

In A lo que obliga el ser rey, we see a young Alfonso (whom we recognize as the future Alphonse the Wise) subject to human frailities and temptations. Indeed, Hipólita, whom he attempts to seduce, upbraids him: quien se enfrena es valeroso, solo es sabio quie[n] se ve[n]ce. No es ser Rey ser dueño de ho[m]bres, saber ser Rey es ponerse entre aquellos que gloriosos nombre de Dioses merecen. 4 7 Vélez's plays breathe dynastic expansionism and, within its restricted meaning at this time, Spanish chauvinism.

15 It may well be, of course, that other influences were at work, for example, that Luis Vélez's known linaje made advancement less easy. Again, in contrast, Antonio de Mendoza could count on the help of the old Duke of the Infantado: it definitely was an advantage to have the better connexions. Whatever the reasons, Vélez certainly had occasion later on, despite his continuing admiration for Mendoza's poetic gifts, to feel resentment at the fact that his friend had so soon become a king's secretary, a favourite's favourite, and the darling of the court.

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