Juan de Cervantes

Juan de Cervantes (c. 1380[1] or 1382[2] in Seville, Spain – 25 November 1453, buried in Seville Cathedral[3][4]) was a Cardinal of the Catholic Church.

Juan de Cervantes, portrait from his tomb in the Cathedral of Sevilla

Cervantes studied at the University of Salamanca and obtained a doctorate in civil and canon law and a magister in theology.[1][2] He was made Archdeacon of Calatrava by Antipope Benedict XIII on 29 January 1415, Archdeacon of Sevilla in 1419, Papal referandary, Canon of Burgos and Abbot of Salas in Burgos in 1420.[1] At the Council of Siena (1423–1424), he defended the Pope.[1] He was chosen as a Cardinal by Pope Martin V in May 1426.

During the reign of Pope Eugene IV, Cervantes was active at the Council of Basel, eventually backing the Pope against the majority of the council's fathers.

Cervantes is buried in the Sepulcher of Cardinal Juan de Cervantes in the Seville Cathedral. His tomb was sculpted by Lorenzo Mercadante, which was finished around 1458.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Salvador Miranda. "Cervantes, Juan de (ca. 1380-1453)". Florida International University Libraries. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  2. ^ a b Kawasaki, Denise Hackett (2008). The Castilian Fathers at the Council of Basel. ProQuest. pp. 164–165. ISBN 0549636048. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Sepulcro del Cardenal Juan de Cervantes | artehistoria.com". www.artehistoria.com. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Sepulcro del Cardenal Juan de Cervantes". Archidiócesis de Sevilla (in Spanish). 3 November 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
Catholic Church titles
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Succeeded by
Nikolaus von Cusa
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García Martínez de Baamonde
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Administrator of Ávila
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Lope Barrientos
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Lope Barrientos
Administrator of Segovia
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Gonzalo Mena Roelas
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