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[p. iii r]
Don Antonio Dávila y Toledo, successor and firstborn of the house of Velada:
Having dedicated my book on the triumphs of the most Holy Cross of Christ our Lord and Master to His Most Illustrious Lordship the Bishop my lord don Sancho Dávila y Toledo, most dignified Bishop of this distinguished city of Jaén, Your Lordship’s uncle, of whom it is said that he carries a Cross similar to that of Christ our Lord, following like a true shepherd the footsteps of his Master, in life and holy habits, and prodigious preaching: I thought it was right to dedicate this book to Your Lordship, for many reasons. The first, that Your Lordship is the the son and immediate successor of my lord Don Gómez Dávila, Marquess of Velada, Grandee of Castile, Lord High Steward of His Caesarean Majesty King Philip III our [p. iii v] lord. And the other, the great magnanimity, heroic chest, great discretion, and other virtues of Your Lordship, who like a new Sun, promises new gleams of brightness to the ancient greatness of your most illustrious house, joining it together with the most illustrious line of Astorga, whose mistress is my lady doña Costanza Osorio, your most distinguished wife, of whom a great story would be written if one were to tell of her merits and virtues, discretion, beauty, and great Christianity, but which I consider myself unworthy to write.
I hope Your Lordship deigns to accept this small gift, offered with humility, so that the whole whold understands that, being Your Lordship being its guardian and protector, it cannot be the subject of gossip, and slanderers be restrained. And I, having in this way been enriched and rewarded by Your Lordship for my pilgrimages, difficulties and trials, will remain the humble Chaplain and servant of Your Lordship, to whom I pray our Lord keeps for long and most happy years.
Your Lordship’s Humble Chaplain,
The Licenciado Pedro Ordóñez de Ceballos