Garcilaso de la Vega (Poet)

Garcilaso de la Vega (Peruvian historian)

Garcilaso de la Vega (gärsēlä´sō dā lä vā´gä), 1539–1616, Peruvian historian; son of the Spanish conquistador Sebastián Garcilaso de la Vega and an Incan princess and therefore called the Inca. He grew up in Peru during the turbulent post-Conquest period. He went (1560) to Spain, where he first served in the army and later began to write. His most important work, The Royal Commentaries of Peru (1609–1617; tr. 1871) is a valuable source of information about the conquest of Peru and the lives and legends of the Inca.

See biography by J. G. Varner (1968).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Garcilaso de la Vega (Poet): Selected full-text books and articles

Spain: A Short History of Its Politics, Literature, and Art from Earliest Times to the Present By Henry Dwight Sedgwick Little, Brown, 1926
Librarian’s tip: Chap. XXI "Boscan and Garcilaso"
FREE! The Later Renaissance By David Hannay C. Scribner's Sons, 1898
Librarian’s tip: Chap. II "The Spanish Learned Poets"
The Literature of the Spanish People: From Roman Times to the Present Day By Gerald Brenan Cambridge University Press, 1951
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Garcilaso de la Vega begins on p. 149
Passion, Penance and the Pastoral: Crucifixion Motifs in Some Spanish Golden Age Poems By Howe, Elizabeth Teresa Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature, Vol. 54, No. 3, Spring 2002
The Hutchinson Encyclopedia of the Renaissance By David Rundle Westview Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Garcilaso de la Vega begins on p. 178
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