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Garcilaso de la Vega

  • Detail of the cover of 'The works of Boscán and some by Garcilaso de la Vega distributed into four books' © Biblioteca Nacional de España

    Detail of the cover of 'The works of Boscán and some by Garcilaso de la Vega distributed into four books' © Biblioteca Nacional de España

  

Speciality

Literature

 

 

Date of birth

1494

Date of death

1536
  


"Soldier and poet. He introduced Italian verse into Spanish poetry. His "Églogas" are one of the most outstanding works in Spanish literature."

He was born in Toledo, around 1494. In 1510 he joined the court of the Emperor Charles I. He fought in many military and political battles. He joined the expedition to Rhodes (1522) with the poet Juan Boscán. He was knighted into the Order of Saint James (1523). In 1530 he went to Bologna with Charles I. He was exiled to the island of Schut (1532) in the Danube, and later on he settled in Naples. He was mortally wounded in combat during the assault on the Muy fortress, in Provence. The few works that were preserved, written between 1526 and 1535, were published posthumously in Barcelona, along with Boscán's, with the title "'The works by Boscán and some by Garcilaso de la Vega" (1543), a book that inaugurated the Renaissance. He died in Nice in 1536.

Essential works

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    Églogas

    Garcilaso de la Vega, greatest exponent of the Spanish Golden Age, recovered the classic genre of eclogues.

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