Stories of Santa Cruz: the bandit, the conspirator and the Bible vendor

Stories of Santa Cruz: the bandit, the conspirator and the Bible vendor

“Nowhere in the world are prisoners as abandoned to themselves”. This is how the British Bible vendor George Borrow described life in …

 

Peter Paul Rubens: spy and ambassador for the love of art

Peter Paul Rubens: spy and ambassador for the love of art

In the midst of the XVII century, when Europe was a chess board in which the great …

History of Piotr Potemkin: 350 years of the first Russian embassy in Spain

History of Piotr Potemkin: 350 years of the first Russian embassy in Spain

This year marks 350 years since the Court of the unfortunate Carlos II received in Madrid …

Pedro Arrupe, the Spaniard who witnessed Hiroshima’s atomic bomb

Pedro Arrupe, the Spaniard who witnessed Hiroshima’s atomic bomb

Today is the 73th anniversary of the explosion of the first atomic bomb in Hiroshima. …

Starts Diego de Pantoja’s Year, pioneer of Spain-China cultural exchange

Starts Diego de Pantoja’s Year, pioneer of Spain-China cultural exchange

The Instituto Cervantes inaugurated last Wednesday in Madrid the Año Diego de Pantoja, …

An American diplomat in the Sevillian Holy Week of the 19th century

An American diplomat in the Sevillian Holy Week of the 19th century

The life of American diplomat, historian and journalist Stephen Bonsal (1865-1951) was …

The Holy Week of Baroque Madrid told by a French aristocrat

The Holy Week of Baroque Madrid told by a French aristocrat

In April 1679, the Countess Madame d'Aulnoy, a French aristocrat who wrote fairy tales, …

Marx was censored in USSR because of a book on diplomacy and tsarism

Marx was censored in USSR because of a book on diplomacy and tsarism

In 1933, the Stalin regime decided to interrupt the publication of the complete works of …

The Nativity scene: a Neapolitan custom that came with Carlos III

The Nativity scene: a Neapolitan custom that came with Carlos III

Tradition says that the Christmas custom of representing the scenes of the Nativity of …

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Troubetzkoy, the Russian princess who introduced the Christmas tree in Spain

As it is common in these cases, the origin of the Christmas tree includes all kinds of legends, from those who attribute it to St. Boniface …

National Lottery’s war origin, from Esquilache to the Cortes of Cádiz

In 1759, Carlos VII of Naples became Carlos III of Spain, and by virtue of this, one of his main men of confidence, the Marquis of …

Russia celebrates 350 years of the arrival of its first embassy to Spain

The Russian ambassador, Yuri Korchagin, has celebrated several events to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the arrival in El Puerto de …

Líjar against France. Hundred Years’ War in a town of Almería

In October 1883, the town council of Líjar, in Almería, declared war on France to apologize to King Alfonso XII, who had been treated …

Zanzibar Island underwent the shortest war of history 121 years ago

On 27 August 1896, 121 years ago, the Zanzibar Island experienced the shortest war of history: 38 exact minutes were enough for the British …

When diplomats become writers

"Students of Diplomatic Schools and Academies in the world are often taught that Diplomacy and the Army are two sides of the same coin”, …

Rubén Darío, Nicaragua’s Ambassador to the Spain of Alfonso XIII

Apart from narrator, essayist, chronicler, thinker, master of Modernism and cultural critic, Rubén Darío was a diplomat. Between the end …

Felipe II, England’s prince consort before his reign in Spain

The British Embassy has repeatedly remembered, on the occasion of the visit of the Spanish Monarchs, the ties existing between both Royal …