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A Biographical Dictionary of Spanish elite college fellows (1560-1650)

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  • A Biographical Dictionary of Spanish elite college fellows (1560-1650)
Salamanca en el siglo XVI Anton Van den Wyngaerde

Dámaso de Lario
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid - Instituto Figuerola

With the assistance of
Manuel Martínez Neira
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid - Instituto Figuerola

Mariana Livia Dode
Universidad de Alcalá

Alejandro Acedo Sánchez 
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Software and web design 
UC3M Library Services

About this Dictionary

From the XIVth to the XVIIth centuries numerous Spanish patrons founded approximately 90 secular university colleges. These formed part of the European collegiate movement that produced nearly 400 colleges from the XIIth century to the end of the XVIIth century. Seven of those colleges stand out in the Spanish area of influence; they took the name of ‘maius’, i.e. elite, colleges (colegios mayores) thanks to the fact that many of the higher and the middling bureaucrats of the State and the Church were trained there. Hence the interest in identifying the fellows of those unique institutions and their achievements. The Geolocation finder placed under the ‘Access to biographies’ is a useful tool, among other things, for taking a quick look at the college fellows who served in different institutions, cities and territories of the Spanish Monarchy. 

The main purpose of this e-publication is to offer the biographies of the college fellows redacted by the director of this project. They correspond to the ninety years period referred to in the forward. We hope that these biographies may be of use to scholars interested in other aspects of Early Modern Spanish History or to anyone curious to learn about any of the individuals who were part of that history, regardless of their importance.


The Biographical Dictionary of Spanish elite college fellows (DBCM~e) includes 1,227 biographies of the 1,511 students admitted during the period 1560-1650 to the seven Spanish elite colleges (3 of them were admitted to two colleges) as fellows, or as ‘de facto’ fellows in the guise of chaplains or boarders. The 281 who did not leave any trace of their lives save their having been named fellows of the colleges have been omitted. They either died prematurely or, as far as we know, did not hold any position while being in the college or after leaving. A complete list of those individuals is included in the ‘Fellows Omitted’ section. Thus, the main purpose of this Dictionary is to offer the prosopography work that I have carried out for four decades to gauge the role played in the State and Church bureaucracies, universities included, by the fellows of the San Bartolomé, Oviedo, Cuenca and Arzobispo Colleges of Salamanca, the Santa Cruz College of Valladolid and the San Clemente -or the “Spanish”- College of Bologna...   MORE +