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Jorge Manrique Biography and Poems

Jorge Manrique Biography and Poems. This is biographical information on Jorge Manrique, one of the best poets of all time. This biography page also provides a link to poems written by Manrique, as well as, a video biography...if available.

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Jorge Manrique (c. 1440 – 1479) was a major Spanish poet, whose main work, the Coplas a la muerte de su padre (Stanzas about the Death of his Father), is still read today. He was a supporter of the great Spanish queen, Isabel I of Castile, and actively participated on her side in the civil war that broke out against her half-brother, Enrique IV, when the latter attempted to make his daughter, Juana, crown princess. Jorge died in 1479 during an attempt to take the castle of Garcimuñoz, defended by the Marquis of Villena (a staunch enemy of Isabel), after Isabel gained the crown.

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