Momentous events in Spain’s history coincided with the birth of Fray Luis de Granada. In that autumn of 1504, Columbus was completing his final voyage, Queen Isabel was on her deathbed, and Europe found itself on the eve of the Protestant Reformation. By the time Granada died in 1588, the Spanish overseas empire had ceased to expand, and Spain had aligned itself firmly with the conservative Council of Trent and the wider Counter Reformation. Granada’s prolific output as a writer and preacher reflects these significant historical contours.

Born Luis de Sarriá, he suffered poverty as a child. His father died when Luis was five, and the family thereafter relied on his mother’s work as a laundress at a Dominican monastery in Granada and on charitable distributions from the friars there.

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Citation: Fisher, Tyler. "Fray Luis de Granada". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 June 2015 [, accessed 15 June 2024.]

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