Chronica del muy esclarecido Principe y Rey don Alfonso el Onceno deste nombre e de los Reyes que reinaron en Castilla y Leon, padre que

[CHRONICA DE ALFONSO XI], . . [DE VALLADOLID, Sanchez].
Valladolid: en Casa de Sebastian Martinez, 1551. Illustrated with large detailed wood engraved frontispiece (in black and red) of King Alfonso on horseback, and title page, woodcut initials (some large), and decorative borders.
First edition. A8 - Y8, Z10. 186 ff., in two columns. With the bookplate of noted book collector Mary Macmillin Norton.
Folio, rebound in full stiff cream vellum, spine with raised bands, burgundy gilt lettered morocco spine label. First leaf repaired with loss of paper; else fine.


The text is one of Spain's greatest texts on education, early manhood and administrative accomplishments, and is the life story of Alfonso XI (1311 - 1350) king of Leon and Castille. He was declared of age in 1325 and began a reign serving to strengthen the royal power. His father, Fernando IV, had died in 1312, and the country was ruled by a coalition of his grandmother, mother, and granduncles; they died one after the other with his grandmother being the last one to die in 1321, all the while the country was being looted by various factions. He was known among Castilian kings as the Avenger or the Implacable and considered ruthless with his enemies. He died prematurely of the Great Plague at the Siege of Gibraltar, a loss to the country since his rule brought stability to the Spain.

In 1551 Charles V appointed Prince Phillip to administer the country's government. This provided an opportunity for the two booksellers Pedro Espinosa in Medina del Campo and Antonio da Zamora in Valladolid to issue this biography of King Alfonso XI. Even though the text was considered to be by Juan Nunez de Villazan, justiciary of Henrique II, he apparently only copied the medieval manuscript narrating Alfonso's life. Howeve, it is now considered that Sanchez de Valladolid was the author of the text. There is much "meat" in the book, not only about Alfonso but also about the times, attitudes and customs. Naturally, there is a lot for historians of military history but surprisingly students of "Women's Studies" will also find much of interest. [Penney, p. 157; Adams A-737; Salva 2887; Palau 64896].

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