Alcalá account book project

From the Middle Ages Irish students had felt the pull of the great continental universities like Paris, Leuven, and Salamanca. The religious and political upheavals of the 16th century stimulated this further. Small Irish student communities in various European cities developed into colleges: for instance in Paris, Lisbon, Douai, Leuven, and in over thirty other locations. This network of colleges educated both clergy and laity. It also acted as social focus for Irish mercantile and military populations on the European mainland. The Royal Irish college of Saint George the Martyr (El real colegio de San Jorge Mártir de los irlandeses) in Alcalá was founded in 1649. Its primary function was the education of Irish students for the priesthood. Over its 136-year history perhaps 300-400 Alcalá-trained clergy returned to the Irish mission. The college was run by Irish clergy. It was closed down in 1785.

The Alcalá account book project provides acces to the digitized account books of the college, the Libros de gastos del colegio de Alcalá, which are presently housed in the Russell Library, Maynooth College. They provide insight into the day-to-day running of the college.

The website contains a glossary and a digitization of the account book. Images are shown in very high definition. Each page is shown separately (in the original order), and is accompanied by a transcription of the original Spanish, and by an English translation. It is possible to perform a basic search in both the Spanish and the English text. In addition, it is possible to select items from the account book and create a datasheet from them.

The Alcalá account book project is part of an academic collaboration between National University of Ireland Maynooth and the University of Alcalá.

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Monday, 29 June 2015 - 2:14pm
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