In this new cycle of conferences, “the arrival of Modernity” will be studied through a series of conferences focused on the figure of Cardinal Cisneros, in his roles as cardinal and archbishop of Toledo, inquisitor general, patron and political regent. Through their eyes we will witness the significant changes that took place in Spain at the end of the 15th century and the beginning of the 16th century.

The cycle begins on May 7, is free and will be held every Tuesday in May at 7:00 p.m. in the assembly hall of the National Historical Archive (Serrano 115)



Tuesday May 7

“The three reigns of Cisneros: from the Catholic Monarchs to Charles V”

D. Carmen Iglesias. Royal Spanish Academy Royal Academy of History.


Tuesday May 14

“Cisneros and humanism: the University of Alcalá and the polyglot Bible”

Mrs. Teresa Jiménez Calvente. University of Alcalá de Henares.


Tuesday, May 21

“What did Cardinal Cisneros see? “Art in Castile between the 15th and 16th centuries”

Mr. Sergio Ramiro Ramírez Ramón y Cajal CSIC Researcher. Department of Art History and Heritage.


Tuesday May 28

“Cisneros in other lives: the other exploits of the cardinal”

Mr. Jaime Olmedo Ramos. Complutense University of Madrid /Royal Academy of History


On our YouTube channel you can see the conferences held in the following years:

  • 2020: The first globalization. America and the oceans. Adventure and science routes (from the 16th to the 18th century).
  • 2021: America and the oceans. Century XVIII. This cycle continues studying the importance that America had in the commercial, political and strategic relations of the time.
  • 2022, which addressed the topic: “America, Spain and independence: 200 years of a complex process.” Carmen Iglesias and other historians revisit and interpret these events in the light of new contributions, coinciding with the bicentennial of the independence of several Ibero-American nations.
  • 2023: “A crown of letters: books and authors of the Hispanic Monarchy.” Carmen Iglesias and other historians focus on the importance that writers, printers and grammarians played in that first globalization, achieving the elevation of Spanish to an international language both in the political-administrative and cultural spheres.