Biography of Modesto Lafuente y Zamalloa (1806-1866)

Historian and Spanish journalist, born in Rabanal de los Caballeros (Palencia) on May 1, 1806 and died in Madrid on October 25, 1866. He/She studied at the seminaries of León and Astorga and at the University of Santiago; after exercise as a teacher at various seminars, he/she worked as major addition by episcopal appointment. In 1832, he/she got the Bachelor's degree in theology at the University of Valladolid; at the time it attained Professorship of philosophy and theology at the Seminary of Astorga. He/She left the priesthood and served various tasks as civil servant in León and in Cáceres.

Under the pseudonym of Fray Gerundio was the only editor of the namesake newspaper, founded in León in 1837. Moved to Madrid, he/she became famous with his articles in that same newspaper, that gambled on a moral renewal and material from Spain; in 1843, was the latest installment of that publication, which which reached a total of 17 volumes; in 1848, Fray Gerundio returned to life, although it finally disappeared for good on April 30, 1849. In that interval, he/she traveled throughout Europe and wrote juicy travel Chronicles, gathered on trips by France, Belgium, Holland and shores of the Rhine (1843); You should also air balloon trip (1847), in which satirizes the European policy of the moment.

Since the revolution of 1854, he/she devoted himself to politics and entered to become part of the Liberal Union of O'Donnell. In addition to his work in various ministries, the drafting of quite a few speeches of the Crown; fit you It belonged to the Royal Academy of moral and political sciences and the history, along with many others. His historical publications include the social theatre of the 19th century (1846), which is a continuation of Fray Gerundio, and the 29 volumes of the general history of Spain, which began to be published in 1850, closed in 1867, and is a continuation of the Father Mariana. At a later date, Juan Valera was commissioned to take this popular work (which inspired writers and artists throughout the 19th century and first decades of the 20th century) from the time of Fernando VII to Alfonso XII. His interest in religion did not stop even after hanging the habits, for he/she still wrote the religious question (1855).