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Fray Luis de León

  • Fray Luis de León © CAGP/Iberfoto

    Fray Luis de León © CAGP/Iberfoto

  

Speciality

Literature

 

 

Dates

Born: ca. 1527-1528.

Died: 1591
  


" Poet and humanist. His work is considered to be the culmination of the Spanish Renaissance."

He was born in Belmonte around 1527 or 1528, into a noble family of converts. He joined the Order of Augustinians in 1544. He studied in Alcalá de Henares and Salamanca, where he gained two chairs. He was arrested by the Inquisition and imprisoned for almost four years (1573 - 1576) because of his 'Comentario al Cantar de los Cantares' (1561), in which he translated the Hebrew Bible text into Spanish, which was a forbidden practice back then. His main importance is due to his prose work 'La perfecta casada' (1583) discussing the virtues of Christian women, and 'De los nombres de Cristo' (1574 - 1575), his greatest work from the stylistic point of view. However, he is best known for his poetry, comprising 23 poems published posthumously by Quevedo in 1637. Fray Luis de León died in Madrigal de las Altas Torres in 1561.

Essential works

  • Work of culture - Generic image

    De los nombres de Christo

    A work written by Fray Luis de León when he was an adult, which interprets the names of Christ in the Bible.

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Other highlighted works

  • La perfecta casada
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