LOPEZ DE G6MARA, FRANCISCO (isio?-isss?), Spanish historian, was educated at the university of Alcala, where he took orders. Soon after 1540 he entered the household of the famous Cortes, who supplied him with most of the material for his Historia de las Indias (1552), and Cronica de la conquista de Nueva Espaiia (1552). The pleasing style and novel matter enchanted the Spanish public, but the unmeasured laudation of Cortes at the expense of his lieutenants and companions brought about a violent reaction. Though the Historia was dedicated to Charles V., both works were forbidden on the 17th of November 1553, and no editions of them were issued between 1534 and 1727. Italian and French versions of his books were published in 1556 and 1578 respectively.
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