Excerpt from The History of Peter the Cruel, Vol. 1 of 2: King of Castile and Leon The most interesting and circumstantial informa tion we possess concerning the reign of Don Pedro, has been transmitted to us by Pero Lopez dc Ayala. That illustrious chronicler, who was a contemporary of Don Pedro, and enabled, through birth and the im portant Omoce which he discharged, to Observe and study closely the events of his time, seems to have united all the qualities which render the testimony of an historian truly valuable, his naturally great powers of observation having been matured by actual ex perience in state affairs, and assisted by the cultivation of letters. Nevertheless, he has been accused by modern writers, not only of partiality, but even of dis honesty. I purpose endeavouring to show the injustice of this imputation. If I can prove the veracity of the author whom I have generally taken for my guide, I shall, perhaps, inspire some confidence in my own work.
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