University of Exeter Press

Book of Devotions/Libro de Devociones y Oficios

    • 123 Pages

    Edited with introduction and notes by Constance L. Wilkins.

    This, the first edition of the devotionary composed by Constanza de Castilla, granddaughter of Pedro I and prioress of the convent of Santa Domingo el Real de Madrid from approximately 1416 to 1465, is an important contribution to the small body of writing by medieval Spanish women available today. Comprising a variety of prayers and liturgical offices in Spanish and Latin, the book provides moving evidence of the beliefs, experience and expression of religious women in Spain of the later Middle Ages.

    Esta primera edición del devocionario escrito por Constanza de Castilla, nieta de Pedro I y priora del convento de Santo Domingo el Real de Madrid desde aproximadamente 1416 a 1465, es una importante contribución al pequeño corpus de obras compuestas por españolas medievales. Consta de una variedad de oraciones y oficios litúrgicos en español y en latín, constituyendo una prueba conmovedora de la conciencia, experiencia y expresión de una religiosa en la España de la baja Edad Media.

    This well-prepared edition is a valuable contribution to the study of women's literature and religious literature in medieval Spain.

    Modern Language Review

    . . . A text of considerable interest and significance . . . It is interesting to observe how, perceptibly, as modern scholarly editions make available the writings of such women, our knowledge of the contours of the learning, literary culture and writing of late-medieval women-particularly of the mystics and visionaries-grows, alters, and comes into focus.

    Mystics Quarterly




    Text and Notes


    Index of Linguistic Citations

    Index of Scriptural Citations


    Constanza de Castilla, Reina de Castilla was the daughter of Pedro I de Castilla, Rey de Castilla and Maria de Padilla. She was born in 1354 and died on 24 March 1394 in Leicester, England. She is buried at Newark Abbey, Leicester, England.