Juan Alfonso de Baena

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Juan Alfonso de Baena (c. 1375 – c. 1434) was a Castilian troubadour. Born at Baena, he served as escribano escribiente (notarial secretary) at the court of John II of Castile. He was a Marrano. Thus, he was also called "Judino."

Under the title Cancionero de Baena, he collected poetry written during the reigns, and at the courts of, John I of Castile, Henry III of Castile, and John II. These included the works of many Marranos.


  • Arce Avalle, and Juan Bautista, "Sobre Juan Alfonso de Baena," Rivista de Filologìa Hispanica 8.1-2 (1946), 141-47.
  • Charles Fraker, Studies on the Cancionero de Baena (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1966).
  • Gregory S. Hutcheson, "'Pinning Him to the Wall': The Poetics of Self-Destruction in the Court of Juan II," in: Medieval Forms of Argument: Disputation and Debate, ed. Georgiana Donavin, Carol Poster, and Richard Utz (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2002), 87-102.

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