Who was Axular?
Pedro Axular, whose name was Pedro Aguerre Azpilkueta,
was born in Urdazubi, Navarre, in 1556 and died in Sare, Lapurdi, in 1644.
One of the most prolific writers of prose in Basque. The farm-house where
he was born was called Axular. Very near to Lapurdi. Therefore the Basque
dialect spoken was the one from Lapurdi.
attending University in Salamanca he became a priest in 1596. He stayed
in Donibane-Lohizun for five years as a preacher.
He then became a friar in Sara thanks to Bertrand
Etxauz, the bishop of Bayonne, who came from Baigorri. At the break of
the XVII century he started the School at Sara, and according to Villasanta,
he was the head and soul of that trend of literature. It was there where
he wrote his masterpiece "Guero, bi partetan partitua eta bercia" in 1643.
His sage and almost mythical figure was certainly acquired thanks to this