Person - Milián Boix, Manuel (1908-1989)

Milián Boix, Manuel (1908-1989)




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Morella (Castellón, España)  1908-06-01 - Morella (Castellón, España)  1989-04-04


Spanish historian and priest. He joined the Seminary of Tortosa in 1922, where he had Vicente Enrique y Tarancón as a companion. He studied four years of Grammar, Latin and Humanities, and there he found a passion for History. It was in the seminary where he achieved great prestige and admiration, as his nephew Manuel Milian Mestre recalled, "for his extraordinary abilities". Between 1920 and 1925, he learned Paleography with Manuel Betí and complemented it in Tortosa with the historian Enrique Bayerri. He was ordained a priest in the cathedral of Tortosa in June 1933. Although he was first assigned to Palanques, the bishop Félix Bilbao ordered him to do the monumental inventory of the diocese due to his extraordinary intellectual capacity. Thus, he cataloged all the entire ensemble of monuments and artistic pieces of the bishopric of Tortosa which until 1960 reached south to the Plana Baixa. For two years, Milian visited all the parishes, hermitages, sanctuaries and convents of the diocese, until 1935, when he presented to the bishop the Inventario Monumental Dertosense. As Mossen Josep Alanyà y Roig says in the work El inventario Monumental Dertosense. On 1st March 1935 he was appointed regent beneficiary of Forcall and during the Spanish Civil War he was hidden there. In 1938, he was appointed rector of Forcall and of Villores. During the post-war period, Milian dedicated himself to recover the historic-artistic patrimony of the diocese, to heal the enmities created during the war, to re-establish the pilgrimages to the hermitages and sanctuaries of the bishopric and to recovering the processional dances such as the dancers of the 14th-15th centuries, the gitanetes or weavers, the arches or the llauradoretes. A lover of popular traditions, he recovered the Santantonà of Forcall and Easter, restored liturgical chant and formed a choir of teenagers. During the 40s he resumed his scientific work, going to Tortosa, Barcelona, Valencia or Madrid to study their archives. In Valencia, he worked in the archives of the Patriarch, the one of the Cathedral, and at the Municipality one, as well as the one of the Kingdom of Valencia and the Academy of Fine Arts. He also researched ethnographic and folkloric themes, and as a good medievalist, he also studies the figure of Benedict XIII, Pope Luna. He was appointed member of the Center of Valencian Culture, of the Castellonense Society of Culture and of the Royal Spanish Academy of History. In 1952, he became rector of Perelló, in the Baix Ebre, and in 1955 he was appointed chaplain of the asylum of Vinaròs. In 1963, he moved to Rome to work in the Vatican Secret Archives and finally, in 1981, he moved definitively to Morella, where he died on 4 April 1989.



Lugar de Nacimiento:

Morella (Castellón, España) in 1908-06-01

Lugar de Defunción:

Morella (Castellón, España) in 1989-04-04




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