Fernando de Rojas

Fernando de Rojas

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Fernando de Rojas was a Spanish author about whom little information is known. He possibly attended the University of Salamanca
University of Salamanca
The University of Salamanca is a Spanish higher education institution, located in the town of Salamanca, west of Madrid. It was founded in 1134 and given the Royal charter of foundation by King Alfonso IX in 1218. It is the oldest founded university in Spain and the third oldest European...

. Although his family was of Jewish ancestry, they were conversos, or Jews
Jews
The Jews , also known as the Jewish people, are a nation and ethnoreligious group originating in the Israelites or Hebrews of the Ancient Near East. The Jewish ethnicity, nationality, and religion are strongly interrelated, as Judaism is the traditional faith of the Jewish nation...

 who had converted to Christianity
Christianity
Christianity is a monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus as presented in canonical gospels and other New Testament writings...

 under pressure from the Spanish crown. Nevertheless, his family was suspected of continuing to practice Judaism in secret, and Rojas appears as a defendant in the Inquisition
Inquisition
The Inquisition, Inquisitio Haereticae Pravitatis , was the "fight against heretics" by several institutions within the justice-system of the Roman Catholic Church. It started in the 12th century, with the introduction of torture in the persecution of heresy...

, as do other members of his family.

Fernando de Rojas is known for writing La Celestina
La Celestina
La Celestina , actually called Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea or Comedia de Calisto y Melibea, in English Tragicomedy of Calisto and Melibea), is a work composed entirely in dialogue published by Fernando de Rojas in 1499...

(originally titled Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea) in 1499.
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Quotations

The use of riches is better than their possession.

Act II

The first step towards madness is to think oneself wise.

Act II

Riches do not make one rich but busy.

Act IV

No one is so old that he cannot live yet another year, nor so young that he cannot die today.

Act IV

When God wounds from on high he will follow with the remedy.

Act X

When one door closes, fortune will usually open another.

Act XV
Encyclopedia
Fernando de Rojas was a Spanish author about whom little information is known. He possibly attended the University of Salamanca
University of Salamanca
The University of Salamanca is a Spanish higher education institution, located in the town of Salamanca, west of Madrid. It was founded in 1134 and given the Royal charter of foundation by King Alfonso IX in 1218. It is the oldest founded university in Spain and the third oldest European...

. Although his family was of Jewish ancestry, they were conversos, or Jews
Jews
The Jews , also known as the Jewish people, are a nation and ethnoreligious group originating in the Israelites or Hebrews of the Ancient Near East. The Jewish ethnicity, nationality, and religion are strongly interrelated, as Judaism is the traditional faith of the Jewish nation...

 who had converted to Christianity
Christianity
Christianity is a monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus as presented in canonical gospels and other New Testament writings...

 under pressure from the Spanish crown. Nevertheless, his family was suspected of continuing to practice Judaism in secret, and Rojas appears as a defendant in the Inquisition
Inquisition
The Inquisition, Inquisitio Haereticae Pravitatis , was the "fight against heretics" by several institutions within the justice-system of the Roman Catholic Church. It started in the 12th century, with the introduction of torture in the persecution of heresy...

, as do other members of his family.

Fernando de Rojas is known for writing La Celestina
La Celestina
La Celestina , actually called Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea or Comedia de Calisto y Melibea, in English Tragicomedy of Calisto and Melibea), is a work composed entirely in dialogue published by Fernando de Rojas in 1499...

(originally titled Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea) in 1499. It describes a tragic love affair, and is seen as the beginning of Spain's literary Renaissance. Although the work was published anonymously, the author revealed his name and famous birthplace in an acrostic code at the beginning of the second edition in the year 1500. No other work is known by him, nor is he mentioned by any of his contemporaries.

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