Women’s names in late mediaeval Castilian poetry

MULIER (mulier, –eris, nom./voc. i.e.): the woman/you, woman.

Castilian cancionero poetry, almost always attributed to men, hides many notable women who have been silenced by their environment, the cultural context or the passage of time, which has contributed to the loss of their works, actions and memory.

 What is MULIER?  

MULIER is one of the spaces that forms the Digital Library TECER. Its specific objective is, firstly, to make visible the complex fabric of personalities, voices and names of women that are cited or mentioned in the cancionero poetry, secondly, to recover them for the XXth century in an open access digital format and, finally, to make available to any group, whether specialised or not, the forgotten value of the women who had a leading role in the verses of the first cultivated Spanish poetry.

Objectives of MULIER  

  • To locate and identify the female figures of the late medieval castilian poetry, coincident with the period of the first Trastámara. The search will start at the Cancionero de Baena, which gathers the eldest poetic tradition, where the influence of Galician-Portuguese poetry can still be noticed.
  • To value the relevance of women in the configuration of a poetic court habitually assigned to men.
  • To highlight the outstanding literary works promoted by women from the court and the monasteries as focal points of cultural irradiation.
  • To show the female protagonists of the verses in their complex environment of interaction with the contemporary culture and the poets, who are indeed an habitual object of study.
  • To associate the names of women in the Castilian cancionero poetry with the literary products of any period that recovers them.

What to look for in MULIER 

  • On the main page access a list of names, in alphabetic order, related to relevant women in Castilian cancionero poetry can be obtained.
  • Through the search engines it is possible to do a single or cross (advanced) searching using the parameters of TECER.

In all cases, each name refers to a report that informs about four essential fields: description, where to find the quote, who cites the name and the texts rewritten about it.


The space MULIER of TECER Library receives financial aid from the Cátedra de Feminismos 4.0  belonging to the University of Vigo and the Provincial Government of Pontevedra, through its call Proyectos de Investigación 2021.