Was Lope de Vega a Don Juan?

Lope was and was not a Don Juan. The poet was not a shameless cynic, he was not a Don Juan like Leónido in his work La fianza satisfechaIt is believed that Tirso de Molina's El burlador de Sevilla y convidado de piedra, is inspired by the works El Infamador, by Juan de la Cueva, and Lope de Vega's La fianza satisfecha. There are some specialists who also ascertain that Tirso was inspired by the life of Lope and by one specific event, when Cristóbal Tenorio, protégé of the Count-duke of Olivares, kidnapped Antonia Clara, daughter of Lope and Marta de Nevares, when she was seventeen. The young woman probably acquiesced voluntarily to running away., he was rather a passionate man, who fell in love easily and who lived his love relationships to the fullest, he 'told' in all of his works. And this was in the time when el honor y la honraEl honor and la honra (honor and purity) are highly appreciated values in the Golden Age and are so reflected in a large number of the dramatic works by Lope, Tirso, Calderón... (honor and purity) were protagonists on the stages. Society during the Golden Age was certainly not as devout as believed to be or as it appeared.

Philip II commissioned the Inquisition to erase the idea that fornication was not a sin and said it would be severely punished. In 1565 the King addressed the justice of Valencia: "... there are several lay persons, married and single, who live profanely and have public concubines, (...) we order you to provide the best way for those who are sinning to be punished as an example. "

So much attention to these affairs and so many repressive decrees leads one to believe that extramarital sex was fairly extended at the time, in which prostitution was, for all, but especially for the Spanish aristocracy, a frequent practice ("There is no one who does not have a lover or who has not fallen into a prostitute's web of love." Brunel).

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