Diego de Arce y Reinoso

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Arce and the second or maternal family name is Reinoso.
Diego de Arce y Reinoso

Diego de Arce y Reinoso Ávila y Palomares (1587-1665) was a Spanish bishop who served as Grand Inquisitor of Spain from 1643 to 1665.

Biography[edit]

Diego de Arce y Reinoso was born in Zalamea de la Serena on April 25, 1587, the son of Fernando de Arce y Reynoso, Lord of Arce, and his wife Catalina Ávila y Palomares. He was baptized on May 3, 1587.

Becoming a churchman, he gained the favor of Philip IV of Spain, who appointed him to the Real Cancillería de Granada, the Audiencia de Sevilla, and the Council of Castile. The king also arranged for him to become successively Bishop of Tuy (1635–38), Bishop of Ávila (1638–40), and Bishop of Plasencia (1640–52).

He became Grand Inquisitor of Spain on November 14, 1643, holding that position until 1665.

He was long involved in plans to found a school in Zalamea, but the Portuguese Restoration War prevented the beginning of construction of the school until after his death. He died on July 19, 1665.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Diego de Vela y Becerril
Bishop of Tuy
1635–1638
Succeeded by
Diego de Rueda y Rico
Preceded by
Pedro de Cifuentes y Loarte
Bishop of Ávila
1638–1640
Succeeded by
Juan Vélez de Valdivielso
Preceded by
Cristóbal de Lobera y Torres
Bishop of Plasencia
1640–1652
Succeeded by
Juan Lozano
Preceded by
Antonio de Sotomayor
Grand Inquisitor of Spain
1643–1665
Succeeded by
Pascual de Aragón