The King presided over the delivery of the 2018 Spanish Orders Award to British historian Sir John Huxtable Elliott, Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences in 1996, at the Royal Monastery of El Escorial (Madrid). Don Felipe said that “if the Orders – historical heritage of Spain for nine centuries – update that service vocation every day, it is consistent with its identity and its principles that promote the best knowledge of our common history”.
Don Felipe added that John H. Elliot “is part of that extraordinary cast of British historians who have developed a formidable work contributing to raising the level of knowledge and appreciation of our history in that great country, as well as the quality of the research that She has performed from outside Spain”.
And finally His Majesty the King addressed the Royal Council of Orders: “Gentlemen, this is the way. Remember that the prestigious names of the Spanish Orders are a heritage of Spain and its history that you must manage with rigor and generosity, know how to renew it, and update it permanently at the service of our society and the best name in Spain”.
Don Felipe was accompanied by the president of the National Heritage Administration Council, Alfredo Pérez de Armiñán; the Minister of Justice, Rafael Catalá; and the president of the Royal Council of the Orders of Santiago, Calatrava, Alcántara and Montesa and president of the jury, His Royal Highness Don Pedro de Borbón-Dos Sicilias, Duke of Calabria.
The award, instituted by the Spanish Orders of Santiago, Calatrava, Alcántara and Montesa, is endowed with 60,000 euros and distinguishes the historian from any part of the world whose historical research work has achieved general recognition and that some part of his work is related to the Hispanic and its projection in the world. This international award is the only one of these characteristics granted in the world and has been created with the intention of becoming a reference in the field of history.
Elliott’s candidacy was presented by the University of Oxford. His research has served to place the history of Spain in the world. In his speech, the professor emphasized the importance of knowing history: “We live in a world dominated by post-truth and populism of left and right. It takes a well-made story against malicious and opportunistic myths”.
“John H. Elliot is part of that extraordinary cast of British historians who have developed a formidable work contributing to raising the level of knowledge and appreciation of our history in that great country, as well as the quality of the research that She has performed from outside Spain”
The president of the Royal Council of Orders of Santiago, Calatrava, Alcántara and Montesa and president of the jury, His Royal Highness Don Pedro de Borbón-Dos Sicilias, presented Elliott as a historian who performs his work with “truth, eyes and pen clean of prejudices and full of wisdom”.
With the support of the Juan-Miguel Villar Mir Foundation, the Talgo Foundation and the Siro Group, The Spanish Orders Award has been managed by the Lux Hispaniarum Foundation and has been supported by the Juan-Miguel Villar Mir Foundation, the Talgo Foundation and the Siro Group for its development.
The jury was chaired by the president of the Royal Council of Orders, S.A.R. Don Pedro de Borbón Dos Sicilias and Orleans, Duke of Calabria. As members of the Jury, Alfredo Pérez de Armiñán de la Serna, president of National Heritage and academic of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando; Carmen Iglesias Cano, countess of Gisbert and director of the Royal Academy of History; Hugo O’Donnell Duke of Estrada, Duke of Tetouan and censor of the Royal Academy of History; Feliciano Barrios Pintado, secretary of the Royal Academy of History; Luis Antonio Ribot García, academic of the Royal Academy of History; Marcelino Oreja Aguirre, Marquis de Oreja, academic and honorary president of the Royal Academy of Moral and Political Sciences; Juan Miguel Villar Mir, Marquis de Villar Mir and collaborator; Juan Manuel González Serna, sponsor; Carlos de Palacio Oriol, collaborator; Manuel Gullón de Oñate, count of Tepa and gentleman of His Holiness; and Íñigo Moreno de Arteaga, Marquis de Laserna and corresponding of the Royal Academy of the History. Álvaro Mariátegui Valdés served as secretary and Íñigo Churruca Bonilla, as treasurer.
Candidates could be proposed by Universities with a History department, academies and institutions that, under different denominations, fulfill the same task, the Royal Council of Orders, the representatives of the sponsoring institutions and, the president of National Heritage. More than thirty universities around the world have presented twenty-five candidates.