Beatriz Santiago Belmonte
Fields of interest
- Relations between the Low Countries and Spain in the Early Modern Period.
- Cultural Transfer Studies.
Currently I’m working on my PhD entitled “Spanish Heroes in the Low Countries. The Experience of War during the First Decade of the Dutch Revolt (1567-1577)”. Among the big amount of studies about the History of the Eighty Year’s War we hardly find approaches that help us understand the day-to-day of the soldiers involved in the conflict. For this reason I’m focusing on the analysis of the personal correspondence of twenty commanders present in the Low Countries between 1567 and 1577. Their descriptions and opinions on particular events lay at the core of my research and will be compared to information given by the political elite. It is to be expected that the information provided by the commanders on the one hand and the political elite on the other hand differ greatly. These discrepancies and contrasts will offer new insights into the Dutch Revolt and its protagonists.
This research is part of Raymond Fagel’s NWO-project ‘Facing the Enemy. The Spanish Army Commanders during the First Decade of the Dutch Revolt (1567-1577)’.
After finishing my bachelor in History at Complutense University of Madrid in 2011 I completed a Master in History of the Spanish Monarchy between the 16th and 19th centuries. My Master thesis was a study of the role played by foreigners within the Spanish Court of Habsburgs in the Early Modern Period. I focused on a German group that surrounded the Queen Maria Anna of Neuburg (1690-1700). Between March and June 2011 I worked as an intern at the Royal Academy of History of Spain where I participated in the composition of the Diccionario Biográfico Español.