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Mendoza, Diego Hurtado de

Mendoza, Diego Hurtado de, was born at Granada in 1503, and, after a distinguished career at Salamanca, was employed by Charles V. as an envoy to Venice, the Council of Trent, and Rome. For six years he commanded the Imperial forces in Tuscany. Under Philip II. he fell into disgrace, and devoted his remaining years to writing the history of the war against the Moors, dying in 1575. He was a great patron of learning, and his valuable collection of books and MSS. is in the Escurial.