Castro, Alfonso De

Castro, Alfonso de a Spanish theologian and Franciscan, was born at Zamora about 1495. He rose by his talents to the highest offices of his order; and accompanied Philip II to England and the Netherlands, where he remained several years. Being called to the bishopric of Compostella, he prepared to, enter upon the duties of this office; but died Feb. 11 (or 3), 1558, at Brussels. His principal writings are, Adversus Omnes Haereses (Paris, 1534, fol.; Antwerp, 1556, 1568; translated into French, Rouen, 1712, 2 vols.): —De Justa Haereticorum Punitione (Salamanca, 1547, fol.): De Potestate Legis Ponnalis (ibid. eod. fol.; Paris, 1571, 1578,fol.): —De Sortilagis ac Maleficis, Eorumque Punitione (Lyons, 1568, 8vo): —Historia Ecclesiastica de la Ciudad de Guadalaxara (Madrid, 1558), etc. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Géneralé, s.v.

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