Renæssanceforum 8 • 2012

Eulàlia Miralles
National identity and political intentionality in sixteenth-century Hispanic Historiography: From Tarafa's Las Españas to Santa Cruz's La España

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The achievement of the historian and archivist Francesc Tarafa is essential for an understanding of the relation between historiography and Catalan institutions in the second half of the sixteenth century. This article is devoted to his only printed work which was in Latin, the De origine, and to the translation of that text into Castilian Spanish by the cosmographer Alonso de Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz's vernacular version manipulates and twists the sense of Tarafa's Latin original and could perhaps be best understood in the general context of a reaction against the Anales of Jerónimo Zurita led by Santa Cruz himself.