Girolamo Conestaggio

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Girolamo Franchi di Conestaggio (Latin: Hieronymus Conestagius) (1530 – c.1616) was a Genoese merchant and scholar.

A nobleman, he was also a merchant and spent time on business in Antwerp. He participated in the Accademia dei Confusi, a literary circle, headed by Stefano Ambrogio Schiappalaria.[1][2]


Title page of Historia delle guerre de Germania Inferiore (1614)

Dell' Unione del Reyno de Portogallo alia Corona di Castiglia (Genoa, 1585), was a chronicle of the Portuguese succession crisis of 1580, and a work that provoked a number of replies, in particular from Jerónimo de Mendonça; it was considered pro-Spanish, but Philip II of Spain tried to have it suppressed. It was translated into English as Historie of the Uniting of the Kingdom of Portugall by Edward Blount. It has been suggested that the real author was Juan de Silva, 4th Count of Portalegre.[3][4][5][6] The work is now considered to be a reasonably objective account of the realpolitik of the Spanish annexation of Portugal, which noted Portuguese dislike of the events. An acceptable translation, from the Spanish point of view, was made by Luis de Bavia (1610), as well as versions in other languages.[7]

Historia delle guerre de Germania Inferiore (Venice, 1614)[1] was on the Dutch Revolt. It drew on sources written from the rebel point of view, and was criticised by Luis Cabrera de Córdoba as inaccurate.[8]


  1. ^ a b M Van Gelder (2009). Trading Places: The Netherlandish Merchants in Early Modern Venice. BRILL. p. 169 note 3. ISBN 978-90-04-17543-3. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  2. ^ (Italian), Conestagio (Connestagio) de Franchi (Franci), Gerolamo.
  3. ^ Ruth MacKay (1 March 2012). The Baker Who Pretended to Be King of Portugal. University of Chicago Press. p. 237 note 43. ISBN 978-0-226-50110-9. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Charles Edelman (22 July 2005). The Stukeley Plays: 'The Battle of Alcazar' by George Peele and 'The Famous History of the Life and Death of Captain Thomas Stukeley'. Manchester University Press. pp. 26–7. ISBN 978-0-7190-6234-6. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Arie Johan Vanderjagt (30 January 2005). Princes and Princely Culture: 1450-1650. BRILL. pp. 270–1. ISBN 978-90-04-13690-8. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Soko Tomita (18 March 2009). A Bibliographical Catalogue of Italian Books Printed In England, 1558-1603. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. pp. 427–8. ISBN 978-0-7546-6373-7. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Richard L. Kagan (22 September 2009). Clio and the Crown: The Politics of History in Medieval and Early Modern Spain. JHU Press. p. 131 and note 19. ISBN 978-0-8018-9294-3. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Yolanda Rodríguez Pérez (2008). The Dutch Revolt Through Spanish Eyes: Self and Other in Historical and Literary Texts of Golden Age Spain (c. 1548-1673). Peter Lang. pp. 142 note 26. ISBN 978-3-03911-136-7. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 

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