Diego Hurtado de Mendoza: Poetry and prose

Scope and Content

MS.Add.7815: Poetry and prose

A collection of thirty-four poems and four works of prose. The prose pieces are 'Cata Riberas'; 'Cabeza de Testamento de Don Diego de Mendoca'; 'Carta Al Capitan Salazar', signed by 'El Bachiller de Arcadia', who has been identified with Mendoza; and 'Respuesta del Capitan al Bachiller'. Most of the works have been attributed to Mendoza, although there is no general title, and his name appears only in three sonnets and as 'D. diego de mendoca' on the spine. The names Geronimo Baquero and 'Joan Santos de la Pena mi amigo' are written on an endleaf.

MS.Add.7816: History of the Granada war

'Historia de la Guerra y Levantamiento de los Moriscos del Reyno de Granada. Del muy Illustre Cavallero y Exmo. Poeta Don Diego de Mendoza Embaxador por el Rey n[uest]ro Senor en Turquia, Venecia, Roma y Inglaterra', the author's account of the Morisco revolt in the mountains around Granada (1568-1571).

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 Morisco 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, 16 June 1970.

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Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, with reference to the entries on the volumes in Bibliotheca Phillippica (London, Sotheby & Co., 1970), pp. 70 and 72.

Custodial History

The volumes were formerly MSS 20979 and 8258 respectively in the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps. MS 8258 was originally part of the Heber collection, sold in 1836.

Related Material

Cambridge University Library holds a volume of poems by Mendoza, MS.Add.7941.


Mendoza's history of the Granada war, MS.Add.7816, was printed in 1627.


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