Íñigo López de Mendoza y Zúñiga

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Íñigo López de Mendoza y Zúñiga

Bishop of Burgos
Cardinal Lopez de Mendoza.jpg
Appointed2 March 1529
Term ended9 June 1535
PredecessorAntonio de Rojas Manrique
SuccessorJuan Álvarez de Toledo
Other postsCardinal-Priest of San Nicola in Carcere
Consecrationby 1528
Created cardinal9 March 1530
by Pope Clement VII
Personal details
Died9 June 1535(1535-06-09) (aged 46)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous postBishop of Coria (c. 1528–1529)

Don Íñigo López de Mendoza y Zúñiga (1476[dubious ] in Aranda de Duero – 9 June 1535), cardinal, archbishop of Burgos and bishop of Coria, was a Castilian clergyman and diplomat in the service of Emperor Charles V.


Don Iñigo was the second son of Don Pedro de Zúñiga, 2nd Count of Miranda del Castañar, and Catalina de Velasco, daughter of Pedro Fernández de Velasco, 2nd Count of Haro. Although a Zúñiga, he was named Mendoza after his maternal grandmother Mencia de Mendoza.

In 1526 he went as ambassador for Charles V to England. On his way there, he was arrested for 4 months by the French. In 1528 he was imprisoned by the English because of deteriorating relations between Charles and Henry VIII. He was only rarely allowed to send letters. After this, he asked for his recall, both because of bad health, and because the English didn't trust him. He was allowed to quit England in May 1529 and was succeeded in his post by Eustace Chapuys.

After that he went to Italy, where he witnessed Charles' coronation as Holy Roman Emperor at Bologna in 1530. That same year he was also made a cardinal.

De Mendoza is portrayed by Declan Conlon in Showtime's series The Tudors. On the show it is not mentioned that he was a Clergyman.


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  • Miranda, Salvador. "LÓPEZ DE MENDOZA Y ZÚÑIGA, Íñigo (1489-1535)". The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. Florida International University.