Gonzalo Berceo, Vida de Santo Domingo de Silos [Life of St Dominic of Silos]

Robin M. Bower (Penn State University)
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The Vida de Santo Domingo de Silos (VSDS) or Life of Saint Dominic of Silos is one of four hagiographies attributed to Gonzalo de Berceo. Active during the first half of the thirteenth century, Gonzalo, who wrote in Old Castilian, is recognized as the earliest author of Spanish vernacular literature to sign his works by name. Archival records and references in his poems permit researchers to sketch out a limited biography of the poet. Gonzalo took his surname from the village of Berceo in northern Spain’s Rioja province, where he was born in the late twelfth century. He had become a deacon in Berceo by 1221, and was ordained into the priesthood by 1237. Although he was affiliated with the nearby monastery of San Millán de la Cogolla as a notary, and composed a life of the hermit…

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Citation: Bower, Robin M.. "Vida de Santo Domingo de Silos". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 July 2018 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=38809, accessed 10 December 2023.]

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