ÍÑIGO LÓPEZ DE MENDOZA
(1398-1458), Marqués de
Santillana, the son of the Admiral of C astile and nephew of
López de Ayala, was born at Carrión de los Condes.
He was a skilful politician and bitterly opposed to Alvaro
de Luna. He died at Guadalajara on March 25, 1458. He is
remarkable for a fine classical knowledge, and for his acquaintance
with all the literary forms of the Provençal and Italian
schools. He is thought to have been the first to employ the sonnet
form in Spain.