Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Duke of Medina Sidonia offers conference tomorrow

The Duke's coat of arms
GIBRALTAR The Instituto Cervantes has scheduled for tomorrow, May 23, at 7pm, a lecture by the Duke of Medina Sidonia,  Alonso González de Gregorio y Álvarez de Toledo, under the title of 'Gibraltar, and the Duchy of Medina Sidonia in the XV Century'. The Duke is a Professor of History at the University of Castilla-La Mancha and of the School of Diplomacythat belongs to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Cooperation. The lecture will start with an explanation of the Spanish feudal system of that era, which is very different to that of Britain, followed by the history of the close relationship between the House of Guzmán, founded by Guzmán el Bueno, the first of a lineage that goes back to  the 13th century, and Gibraltar, which began with the foundation of the Duchy itself and ended towards the beginning of the 16th century.

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