Translation of a work by Diego de Estella (1524-1578)

Scope and Content

Translation of Meditaciones devotisimas del amor de Dios by Diego de Estella (1576), entitled 'A hundred moste devoute meditations of the love of God. Made by the learned and excellent preacher Diego di Stella of the order of holie St Francis. Now latelie translated into English out of the Italian tongue...[dedicated] to the vertuous and honorable gentlewoman Mris. Marie B:', by the translator, G.B. The translation is dated to the 17th century, and does not appear to have been published.

Administrative / Biographical History

Diego de Estella (1524-1578) is also known by the names Didacus Estella and Diego de Ballesteros y Cruzat. He was born in Estella in Navarre in 1524, and entered the Franciscan Order in 1541, becoming active in Portugal as a preacher. He accompanied the Infanta Juana, sister of Philip II of Spain from 1552-1554, and later preached at Philip's court in Madrid, 1565-1569. His criticism of high officials and way of life at the royal court led to rebukes by the Order, and Diego's eventual removal to the Franciscan convent of Salamanca. There he produced many mystical writings, which were printed with the support of his brother. He died in 1578. Meditaciones devotisimas del amor de Dios was first published (by Mathius Gast) in Salamanca in 1576.


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Acquisition Information

The manuscript bears the bookplate of Anthony G.Wright Biddulph, Esq., and was the gift of New College, Hampstead, in 1960.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

12¼" x 7¾"

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

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Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.


Meditaciones devotisimas del amor de Dios (Mathias Gast, Salamanca, 1576).