The University of Calabria, the University of Palermo and the Suor Orsola Benincasa University are also involved in the project.
"We have studied the more than 300 books in Castilian published in the Kingdom of Naples, but also those in Latin an in Italian that are of Hispanic interest," Sanchez Garcia explains. The material is both copious and fascinating and begins with the first book published in 1517, "Propalladia", a collection of stage plays and poems written by Ioan Pasqueto de Sallo and dedicated to Ferrante D'Avalos, Marquis of Pescara and husband of Vittoria Colonna. "But over two centuries, a number of scientific treatises were also written, and we should point out a treatise on musicology by Domenico Cerone, an Italian musician who wrote in Spanish, which is considered one of the most important works on the matter in the 17th century," Sanchez Garcia continues. But there is no shortage of books strictly looking at "current affairs", as shown by the ''Relacion Tragica del Vesuvio'', a sort of instant book written in 1632, a few months after the eruption of Vesuvius, which was written by Fadrique Moles and which praises the civil protection work of the period performed by the Viceroy, the Duke of Medina de las Torres.
The two-day event opens at the Oriental University, in the hall of Palazzo du Mesnil. But will continue on Monday afternoon and Tuesday at the Cervantes Institute in the city. "We have great interest in this project, because for us it is hugely important to analyse the shared history between Naples and Spain during a period of history so long and rich in events, which tell us so much on the current evolution of the two peoples, who shared a political journey as part of a wider union that has always connected us as Mediterranean people," insists the head of the Neapolitan branch of the Spanish Cultural Institute, Maribel Serrano Sanchez". The event will feature talks by professors at the Oriental and other Neapolitan universities, but also speakers from foreign institutions, including Jacobo Sanz Hermida, from the University of Salamanca, and Mercedes Blanco and Pierre Civil, both from the Sorbonne in Paris. (ANSAmed).