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the less notable. He built churches in Goa and had Franciscans and a famous Dominican with him. The church of the Blessed Virgin at Goa, which he built, is called by Father Spellmann, S.J., "the cradle of Christianity, not only in India, but in all East Asia". (Kirchenlexicon, V, s.v. Goa).

Perhaps the earliest mention of Albuquerque and his achievements in the Far East is due to King Emmanuel himself in his letter of "idus Junias", 1513, Epistola Potentissimi Regis Portugalensis et Algarbiarum, etc., De Victoriis habitis in India et Malachia (Rome, 9 Aug., 1518), wherein the King calls him (perhaps a misprint) "Albiecherqe". There are several editions, some without place or date; Joãn de Barros, Asia (second decade, Lisbon, 1553); Fernão Lopez de Castanheda, Historia do descubrimiento & conquista da India (Coimbra, 1552), II, III; Damião de Goes, Chronica do Serenissimo Senhor Rei d. Manuel (Second ed., Lisbon, 1749, by Reinerio Bocache). An important, but of necessity partial source is the work of his natural son (Albuquerque was never married) Braz, who took the name of Afonso the Younger, Commentarios do Grande Afonso Dalboquerque, capitan geral que foy das Indias Orientœs, etc. (First ed., Lisbon 1576, second ed. ibid., 1776), English tr. by Hakluyt Society, 1875–84. The commentaries of the great Afonso Dalboquerque, four vols.; Biographie universelle (Paris, 1854), I; Silva, Diccionario bibliografico portuguez (Lisbon, 1859), I.

Alcalt^ I'.viVERSiTY OF.—This university may be said to have had its inception in the tliirteentli century, 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 attended these efforts is, however, not known; we know only that on 16 July, H.'jO, Pius II g.ive permission to the .rchbishop of Toledo, Carrillo, 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 convent of San Diego. The honour of founding the Iniversity, or, more properly speaking, the College, of San lldcfonso, belongs to the Franciscan, Francisco Ximencz de Cisncros, Prime Minister of Spain, who submitted his plan to Pope Alexander VI, and received his approbation 13 April, 1499. Nevertheless, prior to this there existed "certain chairs in some of the faculties", as he himself says in his petition. The Pope granted to the College of San lldcfonso 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 the privileges enjoyed 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 lussertion 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, cxjilained 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 hospital 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 Torrelaguna; and AnchuelOj near Alcaht. Soon, however, a spirit of insubordination began to sliow itself in the wrangling of the students with the townspeople, 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 reduction 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 Cisneros 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 university was completed, the twenty-five letters of the motto Et Luteam Olim M.akmore.vm Ninc being displayed on as many columns. The patronage exercised 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 University 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 the 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 Alc^tara, Miutary Order op.—Aledntara, a town on the Tagus (here cro.ssed by a bridge—canlara, 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