Diego Hurtado de Mendoza: Poems

Scope and Content

A collection of poems bound with another manuscript. The poems are untitled, but are either known to be by Mendoza or have been attributed to him. There are twenty-two lines to each page. The second manuscript is Bernardino de Albornoz's 'La gaticida. Historia y cuento apacible', a mock heroic poem in 146 eight-line stanzas, describing the death, burial and honours paid to Juan Crespo's cat, Crispina. It is probably a transcript of a book printed in Paris by Nicolo Molinero in 1604, the only recorded copy of which belonged to Gayangos, but the location of which is now unknown.

Administrative / Biographical History

Don Diego Hurtado de Mendoza (1503-1575), poet, diplomat and historian, was born in Grenada. After attending the University of Salamanca, he served Charles V in Italy and studied at Italian universities. He was made ambassador at Venice, where he collected Greek manuscripts, and represented Spain at the Council of Trent. Mendoza became military governor of Siena, and subsequently ambassador at Rome. After he was banished from the court of Philip II, he settled in Grenada, where he wrote a history of the Morosco uprising of 1568-1571. He died in Madrid in 1575.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Purchased at Sotheby's, 26 June 1973.

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Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, with reference to the entry on the collection in Bibliotheca Phillippica (London, Sotheby & Co., 1973), p. 106.

Custodial History

The volume was purchased from the bookseller Thomas Thorpe by Sir Thomas Phillipps, and became MSS 2243 and 24780 in his library.

Related Material

Another transcript of 'La gaticida' is in the Bibliotheca Nacional, Madrid, MS 2883. Cambridge University Library holds other writing by Mendoza, MSS.Add.7815-7816.