Francisco Lopez de Gomara and "the 'Historia de las Indias' he was translating into English".
Yale University, 2008 - 329 pages
The focus of my thesis is an anonymous manuscript fragment, preserved at the Archivo General de Indias in Sevilla, in its relationship to the works of the great Spanish historian Francisco Lopez de Gomara (1511-1559). The so-called De rebus gestis Ferdinandi Cortesii is an eleven-page manuscript, the only three published editions of which attempt to identify the author or opt instead for its uncertainty. I argue that its contents constitute the beginning of a truncated Latin work written by Gomara, in which he intended to host and accommodate all his previous historical work on the New World, appropriately reassessed and updated. According to the data I gathered regarding the dating of the fragment, its paratextual analysis and contrast with the rest of Gomara's corpus, I have argued that this learned adaptation of the Historia de la Indias y Conquista de Mexico (1552) was to be the masterpiece that Gomara aspired to write as an enduring monument of sixteenth-century Spanish historiography.
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