Tafur, Pedro

Active 1435-1457

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Person Born Died Gender Person ID
Pedro Tafur Cordoba 1410 ca. 1487 ca. M P1075

Instrument(s) Professional group Social status Social sphere Why is the person listed?
lute laúd Author Bourgeoisie Urban Author

Years active Place active Century Region
1435-1457 15cent Andalucia
Biographical information

Pedro Tafur (Córdoba, c. 1410 - c. 1487), Castilian traveller and writer.

During the reign of Juan II de Castilla, he undertook a long journey that took him to three continents between 1436 y 1439,
eager to know the world and live out adventures, as he himself relates. Along the way he took part in battles, he went on pilgrimage to the Holy Land and undertook diplomatic work. Fifteen years later, he wrote a book called Andanças e viajes de Pero Tafur por diversas partes del mundo habidos (unpublished until 1874), which is one of the only travel books known in medieval Spain alongside that of Ruy González de Clavijo. Concerning this work, historiographers have underlined principally the documentary value of his description of the city of Rome and also the detail of his encounter with the Italian traveller Niccolò Da Conti.

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Source documents
Date Document
1435-1439/ca. Pedro Tafur, Andanzas y viajes.

Ref Author Item Pages
corona1999 Corona-Alcalde, Antonio. “The Players and Performance Practice of the Vihuela and its related Instruments, the Lute and the Guitar, from c. 1450 to c.1650. as revealed by a Study of Literary, Musical, Theoretical, and Archival Sources”. Diss. King's College, University of London, 1999. 21
gomez1992-2 Gómez Muntané, Maricarmen. “Some precursors of the Spanish lute school”. Early Music 20 (1992): 583-593. 591
ramirezarellanoTAF Ramírez de Arellano and Rayón, Feliciano (Marqués de la Fuensanta del Valle) and José Sancho (eds.). Pero Tafur. Andanças e viajes. Madrid: Colección de Libros Españoles Raros o Curiosos 8, 1874. 248