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Item 239 - Ferdinand and Isabella Catalog 576 (Feb 2020)

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LS in Spanish, signed “Yo el Rey," [I the King] and "Yo el Reyna," [I the Queen], one page, 8.25 x 8.75, July 26, 1494. Royal missive to Juan Arias de Villar, the bishop of Oviedo. In full (translated): "Reverend father in Christ, bishop, our president, and judges of our High Court. We are sending to order that Doctor Alonso Ramirez de Villaescusa, our municipal royal representative in the town of Valladolid, speak to you on our behalf about some things contained in a memorandum that we are sending to him,, signed with our names, and that he will show you. We order you to give him trust and credence and that this be done and put into practice in this way with the diligence and care for which we have confidence in you." In very good to fine condition, with a few small stains and a professionally repaired tear to the left side.

The recipient of this letter, Juan Arias de Villar, was named bishop of Oviedo by King Ferdinand in 1487 and confirmed by Pope Innocent VIII. Between 1485 and 1490, Alonso Ramirez de Villaescusa was sent to Toledo as a judge concerning property confiscated by the Inquisition. In 1491, the Royal Court at Valladolid, presided over by the bishop of Leon, wrongfully allowed an appeal of an order by the Supreme Court of the Inquisition to Rome; Queen Isabella promptly dismissed the bishop and complicit judges, and replaced them with Juan Arias de Villar.

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