Zurita, Jerónimo de (1512–1580)

Spanish historian from Aragon. He studied at Alcalá and in 1548 he was appointed
Aragon’s first chronicler. He took a more scientific and investigative approach to
historical narrative than had his predecessors elsewhere in the peninsula: Zurita
pursued sources in different archives, and eliminated from his accounts the more
fantastic elements present in earlier chronicles. The result of his labours was the sixvolume
Anales de la Corona de Aragón/Annals of the Crown of Aragon, an account
of the kingdom from the 711 Arab invasion to 1516. It was published between 1562
and 1580.