Fray josé de sigüenza
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As a writer he is known above all for his contribution to ecclesiastical history with his Historia de la Orden de San Jerónimo (1595-1605), in which we can read an extensive description of the construction of the Monastery of El Escorial. He also wrote a Life of Saint Geronimo, Doctor of the Holy Church (1595). He left unfinished a History of the King of Kings that only goes as far as the adoration of the shepherds and was not printed until 1916 in three books. His treatise Instruction of teachers and school of novices and his Art of religious and monastic perfection, not printed until 1712, have a didactic character. He also wrote in Latin Commentaria a Santo Tomás de Aquino and to the sacred books of Genesis, Deuteronomy and Ecclesiastes.
He wrote with great care, something not very usual among his contemporaries, so his language is one of the purest and most correct in Spanish; remarkable for the elegance, always sober, which maintains the loftiness of the narration.
blessed friar leopold also in the cathedral of sigüenza
He was officially commissioned by the General Chapter of 1594 to write the general history of the Order, to which he placed the life of St. Jerome as the cornerstone and foundation of the religious institution. Having been rector of the college of San Lorenzo several times, he was elected prior of the Royal Monastery in 1601, resigning before the end of his mandate, and, as the visible head of the house, he was the one who received from Philip III the effective possession of the goods bound by his father and founder as economic endowment of the factory of San Lorenzo.
The message is condensed in an emblem or sacred company that, to make it more hermetic and suggestive, does not include the epigram or explanation, reserving it only for attentive looks and intelligent vision.
Saint Jerome and his doctrine is/will be an anchor of salvation for the imitators of his life and the followers of his doctrine; when it is placed on the cover in the History, the message is maintained: the Order of Saint Jerome is an anchor of salvation for the religious who live according to the examples of the ancient monks.
the viceregal pictorial and literary patrimony
In the center of the beautiful room, astrolabes, codices in glass cases and the Ptolemaic Sphere of Philip II. This sphere was a gift from Ferdinand de Medici and it shows the Earth as the center of the universe, as Ptolemy defended, until the genius of Galileo dismantled the story. The five marble tables with bronze frames and the jasper and marble pilasters are also of enormous value, but they are not enough for many visitors.
It is inevitable to meditate on what they would do in other countries with a jewel that holds wisdom, mysteries, beauty and everything that a library can evoke. Because, as Ray Bradbury, the author of Farenheit 451, wrote: «Without libraries, what do we have? Neither past nor future.