But whereas among these bedouins from the desert one could rarely find people who knew how to read and write, in the indigenous population rested the sediment of Roman civilization and the Isidorian
flowering and, even if we recognize that this was the culture of an elite, it had already produced encyclopedias like the Liber Glossamm, and there remained still the fruits of the scientific schools of Seville and Toledo, among so many other cultural examples from that time.
30) Although some medieval works that contained these ideas, such as the De secreta mulierum, remained popular during the Elizabethan period, this did not entail acceptance of the parts of these works that adopted Plinian and Isidorian
His prophetic verses (Trovas), based on the Isidorian
prophecies and the Old Testament, described the coming of O Encoberto, who would establish the Fifth Empire.