‘Waiting for the Emperor. Logroño 1523’

The City Council and the University of La Rioja have launched a research project on the stay of Charles V in Logroño in 1523

Waiting for the Emperor. Logroño 1523′ is a research project arising from the collaboration between the City Council and the University of La Rioja, in which seven researchers will work to create a commemorative work on the importance of Logroño in the framework of the imperial cities and routes, as well as documenting the stay of Charles V in the city in 1523.

The researchers will delve into the 19 days that the emperor stayed in the capital of La Rioja in 1523 – from 20 September to 9 October. Of the three occasions on which he stayed during his reign, this was the longest of all.

The councillor responsible for the 5th Centenary of the Siege of Logroño, Kilian Cruz-Dunne, declared: «these are 19 days that should be remembered, especially now that it is 500 years since Logroño began to be integrated into the imperial routes and cities, both Spanish and European».

The team of researchers will be headed by José Luis Gómez Urdáñez, Professor of Modern History and corresponding member of the Royal Academy of History, and Isabel Murillo García Atance, head of the Logroño City Council Archive.
For José Luis Gómez Urdáñez, «1523 marks the triumphal moment of Emperor Charles V, as he ratifies the conquest of Navarre with his presence in the city where the defeat of the French army began two years earlier. Emperor Charles V arrives in Logroño from Burgos with the idea of leading the war against France and stays in the city for 19 days, where he swears the privileges in the Imperial Palace – among them the Charter of 1095 – and confirms the gift of the Three Fleurs de Lis, as well as other documents of great importance for the city, where he signs and dates numerous documents».

These two researchers will be accompanied by a team made up of researchers Carlos Martínez Shaw, full member of the Royal Academy of History; Marina Alfonso Mola from the UNED – Madrid; Pedro Luis Lorenzo Cadarso, from the University of Extremadura; Francis Brumont, from the Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurés (Toulouse II); María Isabel Martínez Navas, from the University of La Rioja; Sara Bustos Torres, from the Institute of Studies of La Rioja; and José María Domínguez Rodríguez, from the Complutense University of Madrid.


In the picture, from left to right: the UR Professor of Modern History, José Luis Gómez Urdáñez; the UR Vice-Rector for Research, Eduardo Fonseca; the councillor responsible for the V Centenary of Logroño, Kilian Cruz-Dunne; the councillor for Heritage, Adrián Calonge; and the head of the Municipal Archive, Isabel Murillo.

The aim of this team will be to compile different sources in a single register to put the events that took place into a national and international context. This is intended to serve as a basis for further work and to obtain the most up-to-date knowledge possible of the events surrounding the years following the Siege of Logroño, its configuration as a militarised city and its full integration into the foreground of Carolinian politics for its historical dissemination.

The project will also be open to anyone who wishes to participate through social networks, where the main documents and results will also be made public.
Waiting for the emperor. Logroño 1523′ is the result of the agreement signed between Logroño City Council and the University of La Rioja through the Office for the Transfer of Research Results (OTRI) to carry out this research, with a budget of 7,200 euros over the next ten months.

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