Hernando de Talavera
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Historical Figure
Nationality: Spain
Date of Birth: 1428
Date of Death: 1507
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Religion: Catholicism
Occupation: Clergyman, Politician
Political Office(s): Archbishop of Granada
Turtledove Appearances:
"Report of the Special Committee on the Quality of Life"
POD: ca. 1491
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Hernando de Talavera (1428 - 14 May 1507) was a prominent political and religious figure in Spain during the period of the country's unification and expulsion of Muslim rule. He was Queen Isabella I of Castile's confessor, and eventually rose to the office of Archbishop of Granada. He appears to have been descended from Jewish converts, a fact which was used against him in his twilight years by rivals in the Spanish Inquisition. He was imprisoned in 1505, the year following Isabella's death, until Pope Julius II ordered his release. He died in 1507.

It has been speculated that Talavera was part of the committee that initially rejected Christopher Columbus' proposal to reach Asia by sailing west.

Hernando de Talavera in "Report of the Special Committee on the Quality of Life"Edit

Fray Hernando de Talavera headed the first committee of learned men and mariners appointed by King Fernando and Queen Isabella to examine the feasibility of Cristóbal Colón's proposal to reach the Indies by sailing west. This committee rejected the plan.

Jaime Nosénada, chairman of the Special Committee on the Quality of Life, referenced the Talavera commission's conclusion in his own report rejecting the Colón plan.[1]


  1. See, e.g., Departures, pg. 141.
Religious titles
Preceded by
Juan de Pastor
As Bishop
Archbishop of Granada
Succeeded by
Antonio Manrique de Rojas