Deza, Diego

Deza, Diego a Dominican and second grand inquisitor of Spain, was born in 1444 at Toro, in Leon. In 1479 he succeeded Peter of Osma as professor of theology in the University of Salamanca; in 1494 was made bishop of Zamora; in 1496 bishop of Salamanca; in 1497 was elevated to the episcopal see of Jaen, which he occupied till 1500, when he was appointed bishop of Palencia. In 1505 he became archbishop of Seville, after having been previously appointed successor of Torquemada; and in 1523 was made archbishop of Toledo and primate of Spain. While on his way to Toledo he died, June 9, 1523, leaving Defensorium Thomae Aquinatis (Seville, 1491; Paris, 1514). A complete edition of his works was published at Madrid in 1576. See Llorente, Histoire de l'Inquisition d'Espagne (Paris, 1818), 1:289 sq., 330 sq.; 4:253 sq.; Prescott, History of the Reign of Ferdinand and Isabella (Lond. 1862), 1:359; 2:291, 319; Hefele, Cardinal Ximenes (2d ed. Tubingen, 1851), 276 sq., 351 sq., 359; Rodrigo, Hist. Verdadera de la Inquisicion (Madrid, 1877); 2:116 sq., 205 sq., 235 sq., 245 sq.; Gams, Zur Geschichte der spanischen

Staatsinquisition (Regensburg, 1878), page 56 sq.; Hundhausen, in Wetzer u. Welte's Kirchen-Lexikon, s.v. (B.P.)

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