THE MEMORY OF A MAN FROM BURGOS. FRANCISCO DE ENZINAS AND THE V CENTENARY OF THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION 

Burgos November 29 – December 1, 2017.

In 1517, the Augustinian friar Martin Luther published his Ninety-five Theses in Wittenberg. This event symbolizes the beginning of a period of great unrest in all the areas of Christian Europe.

The following year Francisco de Enzinas was born to a family of rich merchants in Burgos, at the time a dynamic and prospering city. Enzinas would become one of the first representatives of the Spanish Protestantism.

We are hosting this Conference to commemorate both the anniversary of the the beginning of the Protestant Reformation and of the birth of Francisco de Enzinas. Enzinas is the author of the first complete New Testament translation of the Holy Scriptures into Castillian. He also translated several works by Luther, Calvin and various ancient Greek and Roman authors. But he was, above all, one of the most outstanding figures of Humanism and of the first century of the Spanish Reformation.

For all of these reasons, our Conference will delve into a deeper understanding of this leading figure and his work, putting him in his historical, humanistic and reformed context.  Also, we will pay attention to intellectual, cultural, political and religious issues.

Additionally, the Conference emphasis will also be put in the need to stablishing criteria to help understand the new concepts linked to the events taking place in the religious frontiers created at that significant moment of European history. Ultimately, the presence of  Protestant Reformation in modern times Spain will be revised and evaluated.