First Book of Family Epistles

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Hardcover ISBN: 9788499535173
Typographic rustic ISBN: 9788498166897

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Book One of the Family Epistles is a set of texts that were published in two books containing

  • eighty-five letters,
  • twenty-two arguments,
  • Speeches
  • and sermons.

The first book appeared in 1539, and the second in 1542.
The Epistles of Antonio de Guevara deal with varied topics: advice to widows, and even a censure of a niece desperate for the death of her dog. It contains satires, jokes, anecdotes, transcriptions and various comments.
There are epistles of political and also historical interest. Others speak of the influence of humors on illnesses, of the anger that make lovers suffer, of the headdress of the ladies, and in others sacred texts are commented.
Each epistle is addressed to people of his time. Here appear, among others: Alonso Manrique, archbishop of Seville; Don Jerónimo Vique, ambassador; Don Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba, Grand Captain; and mosé Puché. They show an overview of the social, political, legal and religious life of the reign of Charles V.

Solon Soloninus commanded in his laws to the Athenians, that on the day that they had won some battle, they should offer to the gods great sacrifices, and make to men great mercy, because for another war they would have the gods very propitious, and the men very happy. Plutarch says that when the Greeks were victorious in the much-named battle Maratona, they sent the temple of Diana, which was in Ephesus, to offer him so much silver, that it was doubted to remain the same in all Greece. When Camillus defeated the Etruscans and Volsci, who were mortal enemies of the Romans, all Roman women agreed to send to the oracle of Apollo, who was in Asia, how much gold and silver each had, without keeping for themselves a single jewel. When the consul Silla was victorious over the very valiant king Mithridates, he took such great pleasure in his heart, that not content to offer the god Mars all that there had been of that war, he also offered him a vial of his own blood. The very famous and very glorious duke of the Hebrews, Jeche, made a solemn vow, that if God made him victorious from the war to do, he would offer in the temple the blood and life of only one daughter he had: which vow as he promised he fulfilled. From these examples it can be inferred how many graces kings and princes must give to God, for the triumphs and mercy they do them: for if it is in the hands of princes to begin wars, it is in the hand of God alone to give victories. There is nothing in God that he puts more carelessness, which is the ingratitude of any mercy that he has done, because the mercy that men do, they want to be served: but God does not want but to be thanked. Much must be kept by the Princes that they should not be ungrateful to God for the benefits done to them, because the ingratitude of the benefit received makes man incapable of receiving another. To the ungrateful and unknown prince, neither God has been willing to help him, nor men to serve him.

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