Abril Peres
Trovador medieval

Nationality: Incerta

Biographical Note:

We don't have any secure data about this author, since several Abril Peres are documented until the middle of the 13th century, the chronological bias of Bernaldo de Bonaval, the Galicien author with whom Abril Peres composes his only preserved song. Taking into account this same composition, Resende de Oliveira1 revises the troubadour's tradicional identification as the Portuguese lord Don Abril Peres de Lumiares, since it seems more likely that our author was also a Galicien. In this context, Oliveira identifies him as the minstrel Don Abril, who is documented in Lisbon in 1221, in the entourage of the Portuguese lord Don Gonçalo Mendes de Sousa. Another Abril Peres, however, this one a Santiago's citizen, is mentioned in 1269, in the will of his brother, Abril Fernandes, a priest in the catedral, and he could also be our author.
Besides his quite probable Galicien nationality, and taking into account that in the end of the aforementioned composition some kind of social differention between the two interveners seems to appear, we think this last Don Abril from Santiago is more likely the troubadour. But this question remains open.


1 Oliveira, António Resende de (1994), Depois do espectáculo trovadoresco. A estrutura dos cancioneiros peninsulares e as recolhas dos séculos XIII e XIV, Lisboa, Edições Colibri.

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