Vàzquez Janeiro Isaac ,
Dónde nació Fray Diego Valencia, poeta del Cancionero de Baena? ,
Antonianum, 64/2-3 (1989) p. 366-397
Summary — The franciscan Diego of Valencia, theologian and poet of the Cancionero de Baena refers to his native country in the verse « Yo menos que maestro, pero de Valencia ». Since within the kingdom of Leon — to which he undoubtedly belonged — there were at least five countries with the same name of Valencia, the question naturally arises: to which one of these he was actually referring? Departing from the premise that « maestro » is here equivalent not to a « doctor » but to a «maestre» or superior of a Military Order, and relying on historical and literary arguments, the author proposes his opinion that Diego intended to signify not, certainly, Valencia de Don Juan — as it has been lepeatedly bequeathed to us for more than a century — but most probably Valencia of Alcantara which was under the domination of the Order of Alcantara. Two other verses of the author, « Por Alcantara regido / el mundo sea muy ancho », which are also here examined, tend to render the proposed opinion more credible.