The European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation’s Director, Juan Carlos Moreno, pointed out that Yuste Foundation’s “main function is to serve as an embrace between Europe and Ibero-America so that, being acquainted with our past –which we ought to learn from- we may jointly forge future paths”, at the closure of the colloquium-seminar “Charles V and the Order of Malta”.

During his speech, the Director pointed out that Yuste Foundation is located in a unique location, but this would not make any sense if it weren’t for the people and institutions that are interested in “providing content that enable the dissemination of topics of interest among society”.

In this sense, he used a simile comparing Europe to a tree “which needs deep roots in order to grow; roots that should go deep into our History, taking it up with its lights and shadows”. This is how he specified that the lights are necessary “to light up our way towards the future as are the shadows to run away from them”.

The co-Director of the course, university professor of Legal History and of the Institutions of the National University of Distance Education (UNED), Javier Alvarado Planas, claimed that the event had been successful because “we have all learned from the different areas;  after all, it is a thousand years of history”.

He added that the proceedings of the course will be published next spring by the editorial Dykinson and will not only include the conferences given during the course, but also research work carried out by other colleagues that will complete some of the aspects that have not been dealt with during the event.

During the colloquium-seminar the history of the Order of Malta was delved into, since its creation in the 11th century, in the context of the Crusades, till present day, placing emphasis on the period of Charles V. At that time, the Order of Malta was established as a religious order of knights with vows, defenders of Christianity at the service of the poorest and most needy of that unequal society. With the passing of time, it was militarised and at the dawn of Modern Age, the Order of St. John was already an aristocratic order whose members were the majority of the greatest European families who had a clear maritime vocation and it remained under the watchful eye of the Supreme Pontiff, who protected it.

This course was held the 3rd and 4th of October at the Royal Monastery of Yuste and has been attended by some thirty scholars and experts from several Spanish and Portuguese provinces. The majority were art historians, lawyers, teachers and economists.

Encompassed within the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation’s Campus Yuste programme and organised with National Heritage, the event was directed by Javier Alvarado Planas, university professor of Legal History and of the Institutions of the National University of Distance Education (UNED) and Jaime de Salazar y Acha, Academic Member of the Royal Academy of History.