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Diego Hurtado de Mendoza

  • Diego Hurtado de Mendoza © J. Bedmar/Iberfoto

    Diego Hurtado de Mendoza © J. Bedmar/Iberfoto






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" Diplomat and poet. He introduced new themes, metres and stanzas from Italian poetry, together with Garcilaso de la Vega and Juan Boscán."

He was born in Granada around 1504. He received solid training as a humanist and worked as a diplomat for Charles I. He was an ambassador in England and Venice. In 1542 the emperor entrusted him the mission of representing him in the Council of Trent, where the conflicts of interest between the popes and Charles caused him to argue with Paul III. In 1547 he was appointed governor and general captain of Siena and ambassador in Rome, but the new pope, Julius III, demanded his replacement in 1551. Philip II ordered his exile in Granada (1568 - 1574), and although he returned to the court, he never entered the palace again. From the 17th century onwards, theories say that he was the author of "Lazarillo de Tormes". He died in Madrid in 1575.

Essential works

  • Work of culture - Generic image

    Epístola a Boscán

    Satirical letter from Diego Hurtado de Mendoza to his friend and fellow writer Juan Boscán.

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Other highlighted works

  • Fábula de Hipómenes y Atalanta
  • Diálogo entre Caronte y el alma de Pedro Luis Farnesio
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