Mencía de Mendoza

Mencía de Mendoza y Fonseca (30 November 1508 - 4 January 1554) was a Dutch culture patron. She was a leading figure of the Renaissance in the Netherlands and known for her progressive opinions of the education of women.

Mencía de Mendoza


Mencía was the daughter of Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar y Mendoza, 1st Marquis of Cenete and María de Fonseca y Toledo. She married Henry III of Nassau-Breda in 1524 and Ferdinand, Duke of Calabria in 1542.[1] The couple became renowned for their patronage in literary and artistic works.



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