Bernat Metge

Bernat Metge (Catalan pronunciation: [bəɾˈnad ˈmedʒə]; (c. 1350 – 1410) was a Catalan writer and humanist, best known as the author of Lo Somni, which he wrote from prison (c. 1398), in which Metge discusses the immortality of the soul.[1]

He was a courtier and Secretary for Joan I of Aragon, queen Na Violante, and following some troubles, once more served Martin the Humane of Aragon from 1403 to 1410.[2][1]

His influences included the literature of Provence, Petrarch, and De vetula, wrongly attributed to Ovid and now sometimes claimed for Richard de Fournival.[3]

He had a profound impact on the Catalan letters and was a catalyst for Italian letters to reach the Iberian Peninsula.[1]


  • Llibre de Fortuna e Prudència (1381)
  • Ovidi enamorat
  • Valter e Griselda (1388)
  • Apologia (1395)
  • Lo somni (1399)


  1. ^ a b c Sarton, George (1948). Introduction to the history of science. Carnegie institution of Washington publicationno. 376-. Vol. 3. Baltimore. hdl:2027/umn.31951d00027255b.
  2. ^ Associació d'Escriptors en Llengua Catalana (n.d.); Molla (n.d.)
  3. ^ Gilabert 1993: 1083.