Spain: Head or back room of Europe?


It is difficult to admit that the first symbolic images of Europe presented Spain as the head of a continent shaped like a woman: either a Phoenician princess kidnapped by Zeus or a Virgin with a crown of stars. For Guillaume Postel (1510-1581) Spain was the head of that woman; Gaul, the chest; Italy and Britain, the arms; Germany, the belly … Sebastian Münster (1488-1552) in his "Cosmographia" placed Hispania at the head of the "Europa Regina". Meanwhile, for other ancient geographers, Spain would occupy the head of a crowned Virgin, the heart being France, Great Britain and Italy the arms and hands and the Russian plain its robe of wide folds. Even, in more ancient times, a "British" as … See More. (TagsToTranslate) open (t) rostrum


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