Pero de Mexia. Historia Imperial y Cesarea. Anvers: Casa de Pedro Bellero, 1578.

Mexia was a famous Spanish poet and historian who studied in both Seville and Salamanca. His friendship with Hernando Columbus, son of Christopher, encouraged him to write historical and literary studies. He was appointed royal chronicler of Charles V in 1548.

The Historia Imperial, the first general history written in Spanish, is a collection of biographies of Emperors and was very popular. It was frequently reprinted and translated. Mexia also wrote a miscellaneous work called the Silva de varia leccion which contains brief notes on a variety of themes and was very popular in Spain and throughout Europe.

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