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Manuscript of the “Dialogue on language”

  • Dialogue on language. Madrid © Biblioteca Nacional de España

    Dialogue on language. Madrid © Biblioteca Nacional de España





16th century

Cultural background


Original title

Diálogo de la lengua
Spanish National Library

This is a manuscript of the towering work of Juan de Valdés. It contains all kinds of opinions on the rules and regulations for correct use of the Castilian language.

The “Dialogue on language” by Juan de Valdés was written in Naples between 1535 and 1536. Only two other manuscripts of this work are known to exist. One is conserved in the Royal Library of El Escorial, and the other in the British Museum library in London. This is the oldest and most comprehensive of them all. In fact the other two may be copies of this one.
Juan de Valdés was one of the most genuine representatives of the Spanish Renaissance. In 1529 he published his work entitled 'Christian doctrine' in Alcalá, a kind of Erasmian catechism which earned him the opprobrium of the Inquisition for displaying signs of heterodoxy.

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