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ALOALA 271 ALCANTARA the less notable. He built churches in Goa and had Franciscans and a fauious Dominican with hini. The church of the 151cssed N'irgin at Goa, which he built, is (■:illc<l by I'atlicr Spillniann. S.J.. "the cradle of t liristianity, not only in India, but in all Kast Asia " (Kirchcnlexikon, V, s. v. Goa). Perhaps the earhest montiun of Albuquerque and his achieve- ment.s in the far Ka-st is due to King Kmnianuel hiin.sctf in l-is letter of "idu.s Junias ", 1513. Epivtola PoUntUsimi Ri-gi* Portufj'ilt-ngis ft Aluarbiarum, etc., Dc VictoriU habitis m Iruiiii et Malachui ( Itonie. 9 Aug., 1513), wherein tlio King calls him (perliaps a mi.'^print) " Albiet-herqe ". There are se'eral editions, some without place or date; Joan oe Barkus, Asiit (.second tiecade, Lisbon, 1553): Fkhnao Lopkz DE Castanhkda, HiMoritt do descubrimunto & conquista da India {Coimbra. 1,'>52). II, III; Damiao dk (joes. Chronica do Serenimimo Svnhor Hfi d. Maniifl (seconti ed., Lisbon, 1749, by Ueinerio Hocache). ,

important, but of iiece.ssity partial, 

source is the work of his natural son (Albmiuertiue wa.s never married) Braz, who took the name of Afonso thk. Yoc.n'oer. Comnu-ntarioa do Grande Afonzo Dalboquernuf , capilan tjeral que foy da« In/li'ta Orimbxa, etc, (first etl., Lisbon, 1570, second ed.. ibid.. 177ti), English tr. by Hakluyt Society. 1875-84, The Commentaries of the oreat A f onto Dalboquerque, four vols.; Biographic universette (Paris, 1854), I; Silva, Diccionario bibliaf/rdfico porluguez (Lisbon, 1859), I. Ad. F. Bandelier. Alcalt^ I'.viVERSiTY OF. — This university may be said to have had its inception in the tliirteentli cen- tury, when .Sancho IV, the Brave, King of Castile, conceived the idea of fovniding a Sludium Oenerale in Alcald de Henare-s, and (20 .May, 1293), conferred full faculties on the Archbishop of Toledo, Gonzalo Gudicl, to carry out this plan. What success at- tended these efforts is, however, not known; we know only that on 16 July, H.'jO, Pius II g.ive per- mission to the .rchbishop of Toledo, Alon.so CarriUo, to establish some professorships where, "on certain days at the time appointed or to be appointed", prammar and the liberal arts would be taught. It does not appear that the chairs of tlicology and canon law were established then, and ecn grammar was taught only irregularly in the Franciscan con- vent of San Diego. Tlie honour of founding tlie Iniversity, or, more properly speaking, the College, of San lldcfonso, belongs to the Franciscan, Fran- cisco Ximencz de Cisncros, Prime Minister of Spain, who submitted his plan to Pope Alexander VI, and received his approbation 13 April, 1499. Neverthe- less, prior to this there existed "certain chairs in some of the faculties", as he himself says in his pe- tition. The Pope granted to the College of San lldc- fonso the same concessions allowed to the College of San Bartolom^ at Salamanca, and to the college founded at Hologria by Cardinal Albornoz. To the professors and scholars he granted tlie privileges en- joyed by those of Salamanca, Valladolid, and the other General Colleges. He conferred the degree of Hachelor on the professors, and Doctor of Laws and Master of Arts on the abbot, or, in his absence, on the treasurer, of the Collegiate Church of San Justo and San Pastor. Those who were thus honoured enjoyed the same privileges as the professors of Bologna and other universities, and could occupy prebendary stalls for which university degrees were necessary (13 May, 1501). In 1.505 ecclesiastical benefices were aggregated to the Collctiium .ichalarium, and 22 Januarj', 1512, the archbishop published the statutes of the college. Denifie says that research in (iermany regarding this tmiversity is incomplete and inexact. Meiners and Savigny know nothing regarding its origin; the dates are not reliable even in Hefele and Gams. Neither can Rsishdall's lusser- tion that "the Universities of Spain were essentially royal creations" (II, pt. I, p. 69) be sustaine<l here. On 24 July, 150S, Cisneros went to Alcald with a scholastic colony recruited in Salamanca to found his College of San Ildefonso. The rector was to be chosen by the students (not by the profe.s.sors, as was the custom at Salamanca) each year about the feast of St. Luke when studies were resumed. The older students were obliged to study theology; civil law was excluded, although the canonists introduced it in the seventeenth century. Besides theology and canon law, the course of study included logic, philosophy, medicine, Hebrew, Greek, rhetoric, and grammar. Dcmetrio de Creta was engaged to teach Greek, and the mathematician, Pedro Ciruelo, cx- jilained the theology of St. Thomas. Cisneros not only founded a university, but built a new town, certain portions of which were devoted to the houses of the students and booksellers. Numerous colleges also sprang up; Santa Catalina and i^anta Balbina for philosophers; San Eugenio and San Isidoro for grammarians; and the Trilingue. He erected a hos- pital in honour of the Mother of God for the students, and established three places of recreation: the Abbey of San Tuy, near Buitrago; the Aldehuela, near Tor- relaguna; and AnchuelOj near Alcaht. Soon, how- ever, a spirit of insubordination began to sliow itself in the wrangling of the students with the towns- people, the severe Cisneros apparently showing a strange leniency towards the students. This want of discipline caused the faculty in 1518 to consider the advisability of returning to Madrid. Some of the professors left the university Ijecause of the re- duction of their salaries. In 1G23 an effort was once more made to return to Madrid, but the change was not effected until 1822, and even then it was not permanent, as they returned to Alcalit in 1823. The final and definite removal took place in 1 836. The revenues left to the College of San Ildefonso by Cis- neros reached the sum of 14,000 ducats, and in the sixteenth century reached 42,000, or 6,000 less than those of Salamanca. The celebrated grammarian, Antonio de Nebrija, received 3,333 maravedis a month; the professor of medicine. Dr. Tarragona, was paid 53,000 a year, and Demetrio de Creta an equal sum (100 florins). Cisneros enforced very rigid examinations. In the theological course which was divided into ten terms, there were five tests. The first and most dreaded was the Aljonsina, which corresponded to that of the Sorbonne of Paris. Those who failed usually went to other universities. To the successful licentiates letras de ordcn were given, the first being designated by an L, and the others by superior or inferior letters, according to their merit. The number of students never exceeded 2,000, one-third of the attendance at Salamanca. About 1570 the magnificent building of the univer- sity was completed, the twenty-five letters of the motto Et Luteam Olim M.akmore.vm Ninc being displayed on as many columns. The patronage ex- ercised by the kings over the universities they had founded or protected led to the sending of visitors and reformers. The principal one sent to the Uni- versity of .lcald was Don Garcfa de Medrano. The reforms which were instituted brought to an end the university autonomy which had been cherished and encouraged by tlie Catholic Church. De Castro. De rebu* gestis a Francisco imcno de Citncrot (ISCiO); UE LA P'CENTE, Historia de laa Vnirrrsuiadcs (Madrid, 1S-S5). II sq.; Desifle. Die EnMchxing dcr VniveTsilHltTi del MUtclallert (Berlin. 1885); Rasiidall, The Uniitrntica of Europe (Oxford. 1895), II, pt. I. 99. R.vm<5n Ruiz Am.do. Alc^tara, Miutary Order op. — Aledntara, a town on the Tagus (here cro.ssed by a bridge — can- lara, whence the name), is situated in the plain of Estrcmadura, a great field of conflict for the Moslems and Christians of Spain in the twelfth centurj'. First taken in 1167 by the King of Leon, Fernando II, .Mcintara fell again (1172) into the hands of the fierce Jussuf, the third of the African Almohadcs; nor was it recovered until 1214, when it was taken by .-Vlonzo of Leon, the son of Fernando. In order to defend this conquest, on a border exposed to many as.saults, the king resorted to militarj" orders. The Middle Ages knew neither standing armies