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Diego Hurtado de Mendoza y Luna

Spanish: Diego Hurtado de Mendoza, III Duque del Infantado
Also Known As: ""El Grande""
Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Arenas de San Pedro, , , España
Death: August 30, 1531 (70)
Guadalajara, , , Reino de Castilla
Immediate Family:

Son of Iñigo López de Mendoza y Luna, II Duque del Infantado and Maria de Luna, señora de Cornago
Husband of María de Cabrera; María Pimentel y Pacheco and Maria Maldonado
Partner of María Cabrera
Father of Juana Hurtado de Mendoza, Casa Duques del Infantado; Íñigo López de Mendoza y Pimentel, IV duque del Infantado; Rodrigo Mendoza y Luna, I marqués de Montesclaros; Ana de Mendoza y Pimentel and Martín de Mendoza "El Gitano"
Brother of Brianda de Mendoza y Luna; Francisca Mendoza Luna; Álvaro de Mendoza y Luna and Juan Hurtado de Mendoza, señor de Balina

Occupation: III Duque del Infantado
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About Diego Hurtado de Mendoza y Luna, III. duque del Infantado


Diego Hurtado de Mendoza y Luna, 3rd Duke of the Infantado, nicknamed El Grande, (Arenas de San Pedro, Spain, 11 March 1461 – Guadalajara, Castile-La Mancha, Spain, 30 August 1531) was a Spanish noble. He was born in one of the richest and most influential families of Castile.

He was the son of Íñigo López de Mendoza y Luna, 2nd Duke of the Infantado (* Guadalajara, Castile-La Mancha,1438 - Guadalajara, Castile-La Mancha, 1500) and the grandson of Diego Hurtado de Mendoza, 1st Duke of the Infantado, (* Guadalajara, Castile-La Mancha, 1415 - Manzanares el Real, 1479). He became 3rd duke in 1500.

He married, first, circa 1491, Maria Pimentel y Pacheco (deceased 1499), daughter of Rodrigo Afonso Pimentel, 4th count and 1st duke of Benavente.

They had 4 children :

Íñigo López de Mendoza, 4th Duke of the Infantado, (1493–1566).

Rodrigo de Mendoza, 1st marquis of Montes-Claros.

Ana, married Luis de la Cerda, 1st marquis of Cogolludo.

Marina, married Diego Arias.

He remarried in 1530 with Maria Maldonado, no issue.

He participated in the conquest of Granada, distinguishing himself in the conquest of Loja.

He was a strong political opponent of Cardinal Cisneros and defended the rights of the nobles.

In 1519, he became a Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece on proposal of King Charles I of Spain, a.k.a. Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor.

During the Revolt of the Comuneros in 1520 and 1521, the duke of Infantado played a cautious waiting game to see which side would win. In 1521 he chose to support King Charles I, mostly because of his hate towards Bishop Acuña.

King Francis I of France stayed in his palace, after the King had been taken prisoner in the Battle of Pavia in 1525. In his old age, the Duke suffered from gout and led a pious life.

The Catalan composer Mateo Flecha was in his service from 1525 until his death.

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