1) The work of the humanist Alfonso de Palencia, recognized by the Hispanic medievalists for its historical and cultural value, is still under-exploited, mainly because of the incomplete nature of its editing and diffusions. However, it has been the subject of a new research dynamic for several years. The seminar Alfonso de Palencia: travaux en cours et perspectives, organized in the ENS of Lyon on june, 9th and 10th 2016, was intended to be part of the renewal of the works devoted to the historian. This text offers a synthetic presentation of the file constituted by the five contributions, which are derived from it. Their authors, Susanna Allés Torrent, Francisco Bautista, Alice Carette, Matías Ferrera et Jeremy Lawrance propose new philological and editorial approaches to Palencia's work.
2) The "Dossier de la SEMYR" gathers nine articles under the title Alfonso X's General estoria: literary canon and linguistic change. They propose a common approach of the language and the textual features of the universal history ordered by Alfonso X the Wise (1221-1284). The Alfonsine scriptorium devoted at least fourteen years to the General estoria, the largest historiographic work in the European Middle Ages. Its modern edition, realised in 2009 by a group of philologists coordinated by Pedro Sánchez-Prieto, occupies more than 6000 pages. Eight years after this edition was released, even though many articles were published, the General estoria remains largely unknown, in Spain and even more abroad. This is why this work has not yet reached the place it deserves, in the Spanish literature or at the European level. This special issue follows a double assumption: that it was relevant to give a state of the art about the recent researches, and to lead a common reflection to identify the most promising lines for the future studies