Bartolomé Leonardo de Argensola

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Bartolomé Leonardo de Argensola

Bartolomé Leonardo de Argensola (August 1562 – February 4, 1631), Spanish poet and historian, was baptized at Barbastro on August 26, 1562.

He studied at Huesca, took orders, and was presented to the rectory of Villahermosa in 1588. He was attached to the suite of the count de Lemos, viceroy of Naples, in 1610, and succeeded his brother Lupercio as historiographer of Aragon in 1613. He died at Saragossa on the 4th of February 1631.

His principal prose works are the Conquista de las Islas Molucas (1609), and a supplement to Zurita's Anales de Aragón, which was published in 1630. His poems (1634), like those of his elder brother, are admirably finished examples of pungent wit. His commentaries on contemporary events, and his Alteraciones populares, dealing with a Saragossa rising in 1591, are lost.

An interesting life of this writer by Father Miguel Mir precedes a reprint of the Conquista de las Islas Molucas, issued at Saragossa in 1891.