ne of the most beautiful codices of Spain´s National Library. The work of Alfonso de Cartagena, a converted Jew, Bishop of Burgos. Defender at Basle Council of the priority of Castile over England and of its rights over the Canary Islands, also claimed by Portugal. It describes the historical sequence of the lineage's with chronological reference to the contemporary powers of Christendom: the Pope, the Emperor, the King of France, etc.... Copied by calligrapher Dionysius in the 16th century, and illustrated by him or by painter Diego de Arroyo, with borders and trees in which there are cartouches and medallions with coats of arms and portraits.
The author reveals how the ideological structure of the future unity of Spain is constructed, the basis of the state that discovered and colonised America and in the 16th century held sway over Europe. The book consists of a prologue and 94 chapters, the seven first ones being a compendium of the origins of the Monarchy in Spain and the rest devoted to its family tree showing its connections with the monarchies of Navarre, Aragon and Portugal. Its propaganda function contributed to the configuration of the great European monarchies of the time. The work was made with a marked euphuistic nature, as this was a gift for Queen Isabella of Portugal.
The volume is sized 35x26 cm. in a natural leather on board binding. The edition in limited to 600 copies with notarial certification.
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This facsimile volume has been published in a limited edition of 600 copies world-wide.
A documentation kit containing 4 sample pages, in the original size, from the Genealogy of the Spanish Monarchy Facsimile Volume, plus an illustrated, 10 page information brochure, is available for $US85.