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Miquel Batllori i Munné

Date of investiture:
23 May 2010
Martí de Riquer
Area of knowledge:
Theology and History

Eleven universities from the Catalan-speaking areas, among them the URV, jointly awarded the intellectual and historian Miquel Batllori an honorary degree in a ceremony that was held on 23 May 2002 in the Santa Maria del Mar church in Barcelona and in the context of a tribute paid to him on the occasion of the publication of the first volume of his Diplomatari Borja.

Miquel Batllori (Barcelona 1909 – Sant Cugat del Vallès 2003), a member of the Society of Jesus and, for twenty-five years, professor of Modern History at the Faculty of Ecclesiastical History of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, of which he was made emeritus professor in 1981. His erudition can be seen in his extensive bibliography, which consists of considerably more than a thousand works. In particular, he focuses on the Enlightenment and the effect on Italian culture of the members of the Jesuit order of the Crown of Aragon, Spain and Latin America expelled by Charles III and living in exile in Italy.

Among the numerous awards and distinctions that he received throughout his life particular mention should be made of the Lletra d’Or, the Cross of Saint George, the Gold Medal of the Catalan Government, the History of Spain National Prize, the Honorary Prize of Catalan Letters, and the National Prize of Spanish Letters.