Calvete De Estrella's De Rebus Indicis, a Latin History of the Spanish Conquest of Peru: A Study of Classical Influences and Spanish Sources (Hardback)Zebulun Q. Weeks
Hardback Published: 01/04/2012
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This is the first book in English to closely study Calvete's history of the Spanish conquest of Peru in the sixteenth century. Juan Cristobal Calvete de Estrella (c. 1510/20-1593) was a Spanish humanist with close connections to the courts of Charles V and Philip II, to the latter of whom he was a tutor. Among his many works in Latin and Spanish was "De Rebus Indicis", a Latin history of the accounts of chroniclers, used documents probably supplied by the family of Cristobal Vaca de Castro, Francisco Pizarro's successor as governor. The book is commonly thought to be the longest continuous history of its subject in Latin. It tracks down and compares the primary sources drawn upon for "De Rebus Indicis", in so far as these are accessible, and then determines the nature of Calvete's use of these sources, both in Spanish and Latin, as he sought to transform them into a work of art suitable for a European audience. This book endeavors to do two things. First, it tracks down and compares the sources of content for "De Rebus Indicis", and discovers that Calvete was more concerned with causation than other historians. He also interprets facts, rather than merely reporting on them, and provided more information about the capture of Atahualpa than any other historian past or present.
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd