Cristóbal de Castillejo Writer

Cristóbal de Castillejo (1491 – June 12, 1556) was a Spanish poet, contemporary of Garcilaso de la Vega and Juan Boscán, who championed the use of traditional forms of Spanish poetry and criticized the use of Italianate forms such as the sonnet. Some of his work consisted of translations of older work, in particular the 1st century BC Roman poet Catullus's "A Lesbia" as "Dame amor, besos sin cuento" (Seen side-by-side in ). At fifteen he was taken to the Court of Ferdinand the Catholic, where he served as a page to Archduke Ferdinand of Habsburg, grandson of the king and the younger brother of Emperor Charles V. In this period he entered the Cistercian convent of San Martin de Valdeiglesias. In 1525 he left his retirement to take over the secretariat of its former master, who in 1526 became king of Hungary, the year after King of Bohemia, and who in 1531 would accede to the German crown with the title of King of the Romans as imperial lieutenant of his brother. He traveled throughout Europe. In Vienna, though a monk, he led a dissolute life and had an affair and an illegitimate child.

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Date of birth
Place of birth
Ciudad Rodrigo
Date of death
June 12th, 1556 at age of 65


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