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Mateo Alemán
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Date of Birth: September 1547

Place of Birth: Seville

Date of Death: Uncertain; possibly 1614

Place of Death: Mexico


Mateo Alemán was born in the same month as Miguel de Cervantes. His father was appointed physician to the Royal Prison of Seville, giving the budding young writer exposure to the picaresque side of life from a tender age. There is no doubt that he was a converso (a Christian with Jewish ancestry), which in 16th-century Spain …

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Childers, William P., “Mateo Alemán”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 22 October 2019 <>

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