This online exhibit features 30 manuscripts and early imprints from the special collections of the Biblioteca Histórica de Santa Cruz, Valladolid. The selection showcases the principal points of historical and cultural contact between Spain and the British Isles, from the Middle Ages to the Peace of Westphalia.
These two bordering periods of peaceful coexistence, within the wider European mesh of relations, embrace 150 years of side conflict at different regional scales: from an intermittent, but arduous, political and religious confrontation with the English Tudors and Stuarts, to a continuous, yet rather inconsistent, alliance with Catholic Scotland and Ireland.
Discover an unknown sermon on Thomas Becket's murder, a forgotten manuscript account of Prince Philip's journey to England, a rare copy of the Irish-Gaelic Book of Common Prayer, Robert Persons' own exemplar of Bridgewater, and to our knowledge, the only remnant engraved estampa of Our Lady Vulnerata, c.1630. Find about Eleanor Plantagenet's legacy in Castile, Catherine of Lancaster's consort-queenship, the Anglo-Castilian squabble at the Council of Basil, Philip II of Spain's armed defense of religious orthodoxy, Philip III of Spain's Embassy to James I, or Anselm's 17th-century Spanish revival. See also the library's beautifully-preserved Thomas of Ireland, Hector Boece, Waghenaer's Speculum Nauticum, Diego de Yepes, or O'Sullivan's Patritiana Decas.
For this online exhibition, Anunciación Carrera de la Red (Curator and Content Contributor) & Cristina Valerio Hernández (Digital Access and Metadata), with Biblioteca Histórica de Santa Cruz, Valladolid