Antonio de Torquemada

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Antonio de Torquemada
Born 1507
León, Spain
Died 1569 (aged 61–62)
Language Spanish
Genre Fiction, non-fiction

Antonio de Torquemada (circa 1507, León, Spain - 1569), was a Spanish writer of the Renaissance.[1]

He studied humanities in Salamanca. Between 1528 and 1530 he lived in Italy and he was secretary of the Count of Benavente.

He composed popular works that were translated in France, Italy and England. His Satirical Colloquies are developed in a pastoral frame, that is an advance to the pastoral literature. His most famous work, Garden of Peculiar Flowers, was mentioned by Miguel de Cervantes in the first part of Quijote. His complete works were published in the '90s in Madrid.


  • The Game (Valencia, 1547) - Lost
  • Satirical Colloquies (Mondoñedo, 1553)
  • Don Olivante de Laura (Barcelona, 1564) - A book of cavalries
  • Garden of Peculiar flowers (Salamanca, 1570)
  • Manual of Writers (1574) - For secretaries


  1. ^ Coordinators: Alonso, Juan / Matas, Juan Caballero / Trabado, José (2005) La maravilla escrita, Antonio de Torquemada y el Siglo de Oro. ISBN 84-9773-193-X. Universidad de León, Servicio de Publicaciones.