Life of Captain Alonso de Contreras

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Illustrated rustic ISBN: 9788490075715
Hardcover ISBN: 9788411261661

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Contreras wrote Life of Captain Alonso de Contreras at the request of his friend Félix Lope de Vega. He dedicated, in turn, the comedy The King Without a Kingdom. The Captain’s Life… is one of the few autobiographies of Spanish soldiers of the time, along with the true story Díaz del Castillo.
This Life of the Captain… It bears the full title Life, birth, parents and upbringing of Captain Alonso de Contreras, a native of Madrid, Knight of the Order of San Juan, Commander of one of his encomiendas in Castile, written by himself.
And the subtitle is as long as the title:

“Speech of my life from the time I went out to serve the king, aged fourteen, which was the year 1597, until the end of the year 1630, for the first of October, when I began this relationship.”

The manuscript was discovered by Manuel Serrano y Sanz, in 1900, he made a first edition that contained deletions and errors. Subsequently, several editions have been made with prologues and comments by various authors. The work was then published in 1943, with a preliminary essay by José Ortega y Gasset, and more recently by the Hispanist Harry Ettinghausen.
The style of this book is straightforward without pomposity. The author himself states that, “It goes dry and without rain”. However, this is the main attraction of his narrative, which is very vivid, moving and interesting in sociological, historical and psychological terms.

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