Madrid: Iberoamericana, Vervuert (Clásicos Hispánicos Nueva época, No, 28), 2022. First Edition. Paperback. 303p., maps, colorplates, bibl., indices, wrps. New. Item #78584
There are wars that, although they left their mark among their contemporaries, little by little they are falling into oblivion. Few people remember that on October 24, 1594, Duke Carlo Emanuele I of Savoy recaptured the stronghold of Bricherasio, which had previously been taken by the French. However, the feat gave rise to several Italian and Spanish epic poems. Of these, the first was Relacion de la Empresa de Briquerás, composed by Ensign Diego Sánchez, son of none other than del Brocense, which was printed in Turin in 1595 and was written in praise of the Duke and his wife, Catalina de Austria. A year later and in Milan, the military chaplain Fray Francisco de Hermosilla composed the first part of the brave Zaide, which did not see the light of day, but which Don Juan de Mendoza y Velasco, then governor of the Milanese, kept in his private library. From different perspectives, both poems offer a precise testimony of the conflict and pay homage to the value of Spanish arms, when the reign of Felipe II was approaching its decline.