13th century Spanish document surfaces at University of Virginia

15 years ago, George Greenia discovered a 13th century medieval Spanish document, missing for centuries, in the archives at the University of Virginia’s Alderman Library. Now the contents and story of discovery of the document have been disclosed.

In the anthology, La pluma es la lengua del alma: Ensayos en honor de E. Michael Gerli, Greenia, a professor of Hispanic studies at the College of William and Mary, discusses the document, a single sheet of parchment, which granted "freedom and liberties to the citizens of Alcalá during the Spanish Reconquista." His essay, The Lost Privilegio de Alcalá de Henares de 1295, recounts the story of the sad demise of many medieval documents, making the discovery of this one more precious.