El caballero blanco y el emperador Canguis en la tercera partida de la Flor de las Ystorias de Orient
Acebrón Ruiz, Julián
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Located beyond the limits of the ordinary experience, the somnia imperii are confirmed to own a privileged access to the other world, revealing themselves as a supernatural sign of choice for rulers, leaders, heroes. The power is legitimated, the hierarchies justified and the leadership on the battlefield receives confirmations through dreams that establish the secular authority as holy. The dreams of Canguis, the Mongolian emperor, mentioned in Flor de las ystorias de Orient’s third part —translatio written in Juan Fernández de Heredia’s scriptorium from a French original— as other characters’ dreams pertaining to somnia imperii’s literary tradition, display an evident preference for the divine warning, a source of precise, direct and unquestionable communication, rather than allegoric dreams. Allegories happen to be, by its inherent darkness, ambiguous images, visions susceptible to contradictory interpretations and, therefore, hardly suitable for speeches more interested in political dictate than in the soul’s science.