Pedro de Portocarrero

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A portrait of Pedro de Portocarrero by Justus Sustermans

Pedro de Portocarrero (died 1600) was a Spanish clergyman. He was Bishop of Calahorra (March 1589 – January 1594), Bishop of Cordoba (1594–1597), Bishop of Cuenca (May 1597 – September 1600), and the Inquisitor General (1596–1599), against King Philip II of Spain Aragonese Secretary Antonio Pérez.

The Portocarrero family came from Portugal. He was probably one of the cadet sons of Juan de Portocarrero y Portocarrero, the wealthy ninth Señor of Moguer, married to powerful merchant woman María Osorio and 1st marquis of Villanueva del Fresno, province of Badajoz, title awarded in 1530 by Charles I of Spain, and lord also of Barcarrota, province of Badajoz, by purchase, since 1539.

He was honoured by mystical poet Frey Luis de León, or Fray Luis Ponce de León, suspicious to the Inquisition, with Jewish "conversos" ascendency, with what is described as "Oda II" from Frey Luis poetical works. There are also another "Oda XV" and "Oda XXII", both easily found through the internet.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Juan Antonio Llorente. Historia crítica de la Inquisición de España: Obra original conforme á lo que resulta de los archivos del Real Consejo de la Suprema, y de los tribunales del Santo-oficio de las provincias. Publicado por en la Imprenta del Censor, (1822) Digitized by Google 12 Sep 2007'.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Jerónimo Manrique de Lara
Grand Inquisitor of Spain
1596–1599
Succeeded by
Fernando Niño de Guevara