Anselmo Lorenzo

Anselmo Lorenzo (21 April 1841, in Toledo, Spain 30 November 1914) was a defining figure in the early Spanish Anarchist movement, earning the often quoted sobriquet "the grandfather of Spanish anarchism," in the words of Murray Bookchin: "his contribution to the spread of Anarchist ideas in Barcelona and Andalusia over the decades was enormous".[1]

Anselmo Lorenzo
Resting placeCemetery of Montjuïc
OrganizationInternational Workingmen's Association
Known for"the grandfather of Spanish anarchism"

His activity in the movement and adherence to Anarchist ideals can be rooted to his meeting and befriending of Giuseppe Fanelli in 1868, a disciple of Mikhail Bakunin recruiting for the International Workingmen's Association.[2] Lorenzo edited the anarchist syndicalist newspaper La Huelga General from 1901–1902 with Francisco Ferrer.[3] He died in 1914 and was laid to rest on the Cemetery of Montjuïc.


  1. Bookchin, Murray (1977). The Spanish Anarchists: The Heroic Years, 1868–1936. Free Life Editions. p. 14. ISBN 978-0-914156-14-7.
  2. Robert F. Barsky (2007). The Chomsky Effect: A Radical Works Beyond the Ivory Tower. MIT Press. p. 194. ISBN 978-0-262-02624-6.
  3. Steele, Tom (2007). Knowledge is Power!: The Rise and Fall of European Popular Educational Movements, 1848-1939. Peter Lang. p. 114. ISBN 978-3-03910-563-2.

Further reading

  • Álvarez Junco, José (May 1975). "Anselmo Lorenzo y su tiempo". Tiempo de Historia. 1 (6): 45–55.
  • Díaz Díaz, Gonzalo (1991). "Lorenzo Asperilla, Anselmo". Hombres y documentos de la filosofía española. 4. Madrid: CSIC. ISBN 978-84-00-07198-1.
  • Montseny, Federica (1977). Vida y obra de Anselmo Lorenzo. Madrid: Libros Dogal. ISBN 978-84-7463-004-6. OCLC 4189619.
  • Thomas, Paul (1985). Karl Marx and the Anarchists (Reprint ed.). Routledge. ISBN 978-0-7102-0685-5.
  • Villena Espinosa, Rafael (2009). Anselmo Lorenzo (1841-1914): el proletario militante. Toledo: Almud. ISBN 978-84-935656-4-0. OCLC 733645568.

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