Gaspar de Ávalos de la Cueva

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Ávalos and the second or maternal family name is de la Cueva.

Gaspar de Ávalos de la Cueva (1485–1545) was a Spanish Roman Catholic Roman Catholic bishop and cardinal.

Biography[edit]

Gaspar de Ávalos de la Cueva was born in Guadix in 1485, the son of Rodrigo de Ávalos and Leonor de la Cueva.[1]

He studied under his uncle, Hernando de Talavera, Archbishop of Granada.[1] He then attended the University of Paris, receiving a licentiate in theology, and then studied theology at the University of Salamanca.[1]

He lived in Baeza, Alcaraz, and Gaudix.[1] On August 4, 1509, he became a fellow of the Colegio de Santa Cruz at the University of Valladolid, later becoming a professor there.[1] In 1517, he became lector in theology at Santa María de Guadalupe.[1] He was also a canon of the cathedral chapter of the Cathedral of Murcia and of Cartagena Cathedral.[1]

On November 14, 1524, he was elected Bishop of Gaudix y Baza.[1] Charles I of Spain and Alonso Manrique de Lara, the Grand Inquisitor of Spain, named him commisary general of the Spanish Inquisition in Valencia in 1525.[1] He was promoted to the metropolitan see of Granada on January 22, 1529.[1] In that capacity, he played a role in founding the University of Granada.[1] On March 29, 1542, he was transferred to the metropolitan see of Compostela.[1]

Pope Paul III made him a cardinal priest in the consistory of December 19, 1544.[1] He died before receiving the red hat or a titular church.[1] King Charles I nominated him to be Archbishop of Toledo but he died before he was preconized by the pope.[1]

He died in Santiago de Compostela on November 2, 1545.[1] He is buried in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Entry from Biographical Dictionary of the Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church