Person - Pacheco de Narváez, Luis (ca.1570-1640)

Pacheco de Narváez, Luis (ca.1570-1640)

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Person

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Pacheco de Narváez, Luis (ca.1570-1640)

Dates of existence/Biographical dates:

1570 - 1640-12-05

History:

He was a Spanish soldier, master-at-arms, swordsman and writer. He was the son of Rodrigo Marín de Narváez and his wife, Magdalena Pacheco de la Cámara, born in Baeza (Jaén) around 1570. He died in Madrid on the 5th of December 1640. He was sent to the Canary Islands as a captain and sergeant major due to his military management. He was in charge of Grand Canary, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. During his stay in the islands, he married Beatriz Fernández de Córdoba, daughter of Lucía Sayago and Miguel Gerónimo Fernández de Córdoba, chamber scribe and secretary of the Royal Audience of the Canary Islands. The marriage may be celebrated in 1592. They had 4 children: Francisca, Juana, Lucía and Rodrigo de Narváez. After his period in the Canary Islands, Luis Pacheco de Narváez moved to Madrid. His life and work was very linked to this city. In 1624, he was named "maestro mayor de las armas del reino de España" in the category of sword and fencing by the king Philip IV. He was also an examiner of the teacher candidates of sword handling. Pacheco de Narváez was considered to be one of the best swordsmen of Europe. Everyone related his name to a brilliant swordsman. He was also the most distinguished figure of the Spanish fencing school called "Verdadera Destreza". Inspired by Jerónimo de Carranza, he wrote eleven treaties about fencing that comprised the most known and popular fencing book: "Libro de las grandezas de la espada en que se declaran muchos secretos del que compuso el comendador Jerónimo de Carranza". This work made him appear at the "Catálogo de escritores que pueden servir de autoridad en el uso de los vocablos y de las frases de la lengua castellana" and, later, at the Dictionary of Authorities. In addition to his weapon treaties, he also wrote literary works that are not that famous. Luis Pachezo de Narváez was the author of "Memorial denunciando al Tribunal de la Inquisición ciertas obras políticas y satírico-morales de don Francisco de Quevedo", where he reveals his enmity to Francisco de Quevedo, who mocked him with satires and taunts in "El Buscón". However, despite his complaint and Quevedo's constant insults, Pacheco de Narváez was imprisoned due to a comedy in prose where he vilified his opponent. Lope de Vega, Juan Ruiz de Alarcón, Luis Vélez de Guevara and Miguel de Cervantes, who did not laud Quevedo's works, were against this last-mentioned figure's opinion.

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Sources

Pérez Herrero, Enrique. Semblanza de Luis Pacheco de Narvaez: Sargento Mayor de Gran Canaria, Lanzarote y Fuerteventura, maestro de armas del Rey Felipe IV. [Las Palmas de Gran Canaria], Gobierno de Canarias, 2014.

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VIAF

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VIAF

Fichero de Autoridades:

Biblioteca Nacional de España

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