Online Encyclopedia


Online Encyclopedia
Originally appearing in Volume V11, Page 458 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
Spread the word: it!
DIEGO GARCIA DE PAREDES (1466–1534), Spanish soldier and duellist, was a native of Trujillo in Estremadura, Spain. He never commanded an army or rose to the position of a general, but he was a notable figure in the wars of the end of the 15th and beginning of the 16th century, when personal prowess had still a considerable share in deciding the result of actions. His native town and its district, which lie between Talavera and Madrid, produced many of the most noted conquistadores of America, including the Pizarro family. Diego himself served in his youth in the war of Granada. His strength, daring and activity fitted him to shine in operations largely composed of night marches, escalades, surprises and hand-to-hand combats. The main scene of his achievements was in Italy, and he betook himself to it—on his own showing—not in search of glory, but because he had killed a relation of his own, Ruy Sanchez de Vargas, in a street fight arising out of a quarrel about a horse. He fled to Rome, then under the rule of the Borgias. Diego was a distant relation to the cardinal of Santa Cruz (Carvajal), a favourite with Pope Alexander VI., who was in conflict with the barons of the Romagna and took Diego into his service. He remained a soldier of the pope till he killed a man in a personal quarrel and found it necessary to pass over to the enemy. Now he became acquainted with the Colonnas, who appreciated his services. The wars between Ferdinand V. of Aragon (the Catholic king) and Louis XII. gave him a more creditable opening. The Spanish general Gonsalvo de Cordoba, who knew his value, employed him and trusted him; and he took part in all the wars of Italy on the
End of Article: DIEGO GARCIA DE PAREDES (1466–1534)

Additional information and Comments

Diego Garcia de Paredes, he service the King Fernando I, name by the King with the title of "CABALLERO" in the year 1485, his son name after him Diego Garcia de Paredes one the "Conquistadores de America" his grand son Luis de Paredes, from the city of Trujillo, Spain very welthy in the area of Trujillo his grey grand son was name by the King "CABALLERO DE LA ORDEN DE SANTIAGO" in the year of 1621. LUIS DE PAREDES, from Alcala, Spain name by the King "CABALLERO DE LA ORDEN DE MONTESA" on June 19, 1627 nad his son "CAPITAN DE CABALLERIA' name by the King "CABALLERO DE LA ORDEN DE SANTIAGO" on August 3rd. 1673 Thanks: LUIS M. PAREDES
» Add information or comments to this article.
Please link directly to this article:
Highlight the code below, right click and select "copy." Paste it into a website, email, or other HTML document.