El Español de la Historia

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El Español De La Historia (The Spaniard of History) was an Antena 3 show which aired on May 2007, based on the original BBC series 100 Greatest Britons. The show asked 3,000 citizens about the Greatest Spanish man or woman via an opinion poll.

It was presented by Matías Prats and Susanna Griso, in just one session. The winner was the (then reigning monarch) King of Spain, Juan Carlos I.

The show was widely criticized and ignored by some historians in that it focussed mainly on personalities of recent history and today's Spanish world. Some key figures of Spanish history were largely ignored.

The Spaniard of History (top 50)[edit]

  1. Juan Carlos I, (former King and head of state)
  2. Miguel de Cervantes, (novelist, poet, painter and playwright)
  3. Christopher Columbus, (navigator, colonizer and explorer) (born in Genoa, Italy)
  4. Queen Sofía of Spain, (former Queen) (born in Psychiko, Greece)
  5. Adolfo Suárez, (politician and former prime minister)
  6. Santiago Ramon y Cajal, (histologist and physician)
  7. Prince Felipe de Borbón, (current King Felipe VI)
  8. Pablo Picasso, (painter, draughtsman, and sculptor)
  9. Santa Teresa de Jesús, (mystic, Carmelite nun, and writer)
  10. Felipe González, (politician and former president)
  11. Isabella I of Castile, (former Queen regnant of Castile and León)
  12. Severo Ochoa, (biochemist)
  13. Federico García Lorca, (poet and dramatist)
  14. José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, (politician and former Prime Minister)
  15. Letizia Ortiz, (current Queen)
  16. Salvador Dalí, (painter)
  17. Antoni Gaudí, (architect)
  18. Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, El Cid, (nobleman, military and political leader)
  19. Alfonso X El Sabio, (former King of Castile, León and Galicia)
  20. Fernando Alonso, (Formula One racing driver)
  21. Francisco de Goya, (painter and printmaker)
  22. Francisco Franco, (army general and former head of state)
  23. Antonio Machado, (poet)
  24. Miguel Indurain, (road racing cyclist)
  25. Miguel Servet, (theologian, physician, and humanist)
  26. Lola Flores, (singer, dancer, and actress)
  27. Felipe II, (former King)
  28. Carlos I, (former king and Holy Roman Emperor)
  29. Rocío Jurado, (singer and actress)
  30. Gregorio Marañón, (physician, scientist, historian, writer and philosopher)
  31. Diego de Silva Velázquez, (painter)
  32. Isabel Pantoja, (singer)
  33. José Ortega y Gasset, (philosopher)
  34. Miguel de Unamuno, (essayist, novelist, poet, playwright and philosopher)
  35. José María Aznar, (politician and former president)
  36. Vicente Ferrer, (Dominican missionary and logician)
  37. Camilo José Cela, (writer)
  38. Pedro Duque, (astronaut)
  39. Dani Pedrosa, (motorcycle racer)
  40. Pau Gasol, (NBA basketball player)
  41. David Bisbal, (pop singer)
  42. Rafael Nadal, (tennis player)
  43. José Monje Camarón, (flamenco singer)
  44. Pelagius of Asturias, (founder of the Kingdom of Asturias)
  45. Juan Ramón Jiménez, (poet)
  46. Santiago Carrillo, (politician)
  47. Antonio Banderas, (actor and singer)
  48. San Ignacio de Loyola, (founder of the Society of Jesus)
  49. Pedro Almodóvar, (film director, screenwriter and producer)
  50. Juan Sebastián Elcano, (sailor)


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