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Cooper has reviewed Spanish books for Speculum and THES. He gave a keynote presentation at the 50th anniversary of the Instituto de Estudios Riojanos (Logroño, 4 October 1996) followed by a television interview and feature article in La Rioja, 26 Jan. 1997. He was a visiting lecturer for the S.E.K. University’s short course on heritage conservation Intervención en el Patrimonio (Segovia, July 7-8, 1997), and for the Masters course at the Architecture School, La Coruña (February 1998). He was awarded Honorary Membership of the Asociación de Arqueología Medieval (of Spain) in Valladolid April 1999, and has been invited to collaborate in future projects by the Colegio de Arquitectos de la Mancha, and to contribute to the Enciclopedia Cervantina, of the Instituto de Estudios Cervantinos (University of Alcalá de Henares).
`Edward Cooper’ is the answer to a question in a Spanish version of the popular game Trivial Pursuits launched in 1998.

Consultancy: in March 1997 Edward Cooper advised the publisher Calmann & King on the proposed publication of an English edition of J. Sureda Pons’s Europa se Despierta. Since June 1998 he has been historical supervisor for the restoration of the castle of Guadamur (Toledo), declared a national monument in 1964. He has also acted as a consultant on staff appointment at Liverpool Joh. Moores Univ., to the Museum of Ávila, Spain, on the editing of promotional material, and (October 1999) to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Madrid) on the publication of M.Diago Hernando’s Los hombres de negocios en la ciudad de Soria durante el siglo XVI. He has recently collaborated in the supervision of 2 Ph.D candidates at the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid.

Peer Recognition: the reference by L.Fidalgo en El Mundo of 28 November 1994 to The Sentinels of Aragon says: En estos momentos, está colgada una extensa exposición de fotografías de torres defensivas en la costa mediterránea realizada por el profesor Edward Cooper, uno de los mayores especialistas en castillos de España (p. 84). The research on which this opinion is based is quoted in many publications. C.J.Ara Gil, in ed. A. García Simón: Historia de una Cultura (Valladolid 1995, ISBN 84-7846-461-1) vol. 2 p. 111, for example, says ...se debe a Cooper el pormenorizado estudio de los castillos nobiliarios del siglo XV.... P.Porras Arboledas, in Inventario del Archivo del conde de Bornos (Espacio, Tiempo y Forma, series III, no. 8 (Madrid 1995, ISSN 0214-9745) pp. 183-289) records Por fortuna....coincidí en el Archivo Histórico (Nacional) con el Profesor inglés Edward Cooper, el cual me facilitó una copia del inventario reducido que él mismo había elaborado en 1972, cuando se le permitió trabajar directamente en el archivo (del conde de Bornos).....
Geoffrey Parker, reviewing (The Spectator March 5 1994 p. 33) Hugh Thomas's authoritative The Conquest of Mexico (Hutchinson 1993, ISBN 0 09 1776295), comments that the book is heavily dependent on the work of erudite colleagues (such as Edward Cooper for the aristocratic background in Castile). Of Cooper’s Castillos Señoriales en la Corona de Castilla (4 vols., Salamanca University Press, 1991, ISBN 84-7846-111-6), Parker adds, in The Military Revolution (2nd ed. Cambridge 1996 ISBN 0-521-47958-4, pp. 178-9), with regard to the spread of bastioned fortification: See the excellent study of E. Cooper, Castillos señoriales de Castilla, who stressed that defences tend to be built against the `normal’ form of attack, not against the worst conceivable threat. Millennium celebrations have led to a forthcoming reprint of part of this work by the city of Coria (Cáceres). Its popular success is reflected in invitations (seldom extended to outsiders) to write for the brochures of local annual patronal festivals, for example, Portillo (Valladolid, 1993) Llerena (Badajoz, 1996) and Coria (Cáceres, 1996).
Cooper’s article La Revuelta de las Comunidades (RA2 outcome 2) is described as „….un modélico replanteamiento de la cuestión“ by M.F. Gómez Vozmediano in La Revuelta de las Comunidades en la Mancha (1519-1531) (Chronica Nova 23 (1996, ISSN 0210-9611) pp. 135-169, note 8)

Research Student research outputs

J. López Martín: Entries 68, 69 for the exhibition catalogue: Carlos V. La Naútica y la Navegación (Pontevedra Museum, Pontevedra, Spain, 29 Sept-12 Nov. 2000, ISBN 84-7782-732-X).

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