Airas Nunes
Trovador medieval

Nationality: Galega

Biographical Note:

A cleric (as the attributive item of his compositions informs us), probably Galician, whose period of activity should be between the end of Alfonso X’s reign and the beginning of Sancho IV’s (1284-1289). Actually, according to a document from the chancellery of the former monarch, we learn that in 1284 Airas Nunes was the beneficiary of two sums of money for the purchase of a horse and clothing, a donation apparently related to the scene of violence reported in one of his songs. Taking into account the reference made, in the same song, to his cabelos canos (white hair), he wouldn't have been a young man at the time. At least another two compositions can be equally dated: the cantiga de amigo in which he makes reference to a pilgrimage of Sancho IV to Santiago (1286), and the satirical song in which he mentions the conflict between king Sancho and the Princes of La Cerda (1289), and where he clearly defends the stand of the Castilian king. A learned troubadour, as indicated by his perfect domain of forms and his taste for quotations (namely from Occitan songs), Airas Nunes would have been then at the service of Sancho IV, although the aforementioned data is the only available to date1.


1 Tavani, Giuseppe (1992), A poesía de Airas Nunez, Vigo, Editorial Galaxia.

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Cantigas (alphabetical order):

A Santiag'em romaria vem
Cantiga de Amigo

Achou-s'um bispo que eu sei um dia
Cantiga de Escárnio e maldizer

Amor faz a mim amar tal senhor
Cantiga de Amor

- Bailade hoje, ai filha, que prazer vejades
Cantiga de Amigo

Bailemos nós já todas três, ai amigas
Cantiga de Amigo

Desfiar enviarom ora de Tudela
Escárnio e Maldizer

Falei noutro dia com mia senhor
Cantiga de Amor

Nostro Senhor! e por que foi veer
Cantiga de Amor

O meu senhor o bispo, na Redondela, um dia
Escárnio e Maldizer

Oí hoj'eu ũa pastor cantar

Par Deus, coraçom, mal me matades
Cantiga de Amor

Porque no mundo mengou a verdade
Sirventês moral

Que muito m'eu pago deste verão
Cantiga de Amor

Vi eu, senhor, vosso bom parecer
Cantiga de Amor