Enrique Flórez

Enrique or Henrique Flórez de Setién y Huidobro February 14, 1701 – August 20, 1773 was a Spanish historian


Flórez was born in Valladolid At 15 years old, he entered the order of St Augustine He subsequently became professor of theology at the University of Alcala, where he published a Cursus theologiae in five volumes 1732–1738 He then devoted himself to historical studies Of these the first-fruit was his Clavis Historiae, a work of the same class as the French Art de verifier les dates, and preceding it by several years It appeared in 1743, and passed through many editions

In 1747 was published the first volume of España Sagrada, teatro geografico-historico de La Iglesia de España, a vast compilation of Spanish ecclesiastical history which obtained a European reputation, and of which twenty-nine volumes appeared in the author's lifetime It was continued after his death by Manuel Risco and others, and further additions have been made at the expense of the Spanish government The whole work in fifty-one volumes was published at Madrid 1747–1886 Its value is considerably increased by the insertion of ancient chronicles and documents not easily accessible elsewhere

Flórez was a good numismatist, and published Medallas de Las Colonias in 2 vols 1757–1758, of which a third volume appeared in 1773 His last work was the Memorias de las reynas Catolicas, 2 vols 1770 Flórez led a retired, studious and unambitious life, and died at Madrid

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  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed 1911 "Florez, Enrique" Encyclopædia Britannica 10 11th ed Cambridge University Press p 539 
  • Catholic Encyclopedia article

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