Go Back Report # 1224



On Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 3:19 p.m., Fabio Picasso wrote:


Table-Talk, Constable's Miscellany of Original and Selected Publications in the Various Departments of Literature, Science, & the Arts, (Selections from the Ana: Containing extracts from the different collections of Ana, French, English, Italian, and German. With bibliographical notices) Constable & Co., Edinburgh, Vol. X, 1827, pp. 280-281




    On Saturday, July 1, A.D. 949
A, a fire is said to have risen from the sea, and consumed many towns on the coast of Spain. It travelled on into the interior, and continued its work, destroying many places entirely, and part of Zamora, Carrion, Castro Xeriz, Burgos, Birviesca, Calzada, Pancorvo and Buradon. The Anales Compostelanos, and many other ancient writings, record this phenomenon, which Morales1 calls strange and monstrous, and difficult to believe. Berganza2 thus quotes the original passage from the Memorias de Cardena :


Era 987B. Kal Jun. dia de Sabado, a la hora de nona, salio flama del mar, è encendio muchas villas è cibdades, è omes, è bestias, è en esto mismo mar encendio penas, è en Zamora un barrio, è en Carrion, è en Castro Xeriz, è en Burgos, è en Birbiesca, è en la Calçada, è en Pancorvo, è en Buradon, è en otras muchas villas.


[The text that followed the above is located in my website case dated: ??-??-1694]


Note #1: L. 16, c. 18, § 9.

Note #2: Antiguidades de Espana, I. 3, c. 10. § 104.


Reference for the above text is: E-mail to Chris Aubeck and forwarded to me (CF), dated January 07, 2011.

Original reference: Given at the beginning of this case.


Note A:            Possible date error; unresolved; other sources use 939.


Note B:            Possible date error; unresolved; other sources use 977.



    The Table-Talk text written in 1827 used the date 949 A.D., but the part of the text that is written in the old vernacular language spoken in Spain at the time used the date 987 for the same occurrence.

    The Spanish era, Hispanic era or Caesar era refers to the dating system used in Hispania until the 14th century, when the Anno Domini [B.C./A.D.] system was adopted. To convert from a date in the Anno Domini system to the corresponding year in the Hispanic era, just add thirty eight (+38) years [949+38=987 or 939+38=977].





Europe – Spain, Castilla y León. Body of water is the Bay of Biscay

Zamora           Latitude 41-30-00 N, Longitude 005-45-00 W (D-M-S)

Carrión            Latitude 41-19-00 N, Longitude 004-59-00 W [Carrión y Dueñas de Medina]

Carrión            Latitude 42-20-00 N, Longitude 004-36-00 W [Carrión de los Condes]

Castro Xeriz     Latitude 42-17-00 N, Longitude 004-08-00 W [Castrogeriz or Castrojeriz]

Burgos            Latitude 42-21-00 N, Longitude 003-42-00 W

Birviesca         Latitude 42-33-00 N, Longitude 003-19-00 W [Briviesca]

Calzada           Latitude 42-59-00 N, Longitude 003-15-00 W

Pancorvo         Latitude 42-38-03 N, Longitude 003-06-42 W [Pancorbo]

Reference: http://geonames.nga.mil/ggmaviewer/


Europe – Spain, País Vasco

Buradón           Latitude 42-38-03 N, Longitude 002-49-53 W [Salinillas de Buradón]

Reference: http://geonames.nga.mil/ggmaviewer/


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