De Quevedo, Francisco

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de Quevedo, Francisco Gender: M
born on 14 September 1580 Jul.Cal. (24 Sep 1580 greg.) at 00:46 (= 12:46 AM )
Place Madrid, Spain, 40n24, 3w41
Timezone LMT m3w41 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Estadella
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 00°59' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 29°53 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 00°22'

Francisco de Quevedo


Poet and master satirist of Spain’s Golden Age, who, as a virtuoso of language, is unequaled in Spanish literature.

Quevedo was versed in several languages, and by the age of 23 had distinguished himself as a poet and wit. His elder contemporaries, Miguel de Cervantes and Lope de Vega, both expressed their esteem for his poetry, but Quevedo was more interested in a political career. In 1613 he became a counsellor to the Duke de Osuna, viceroy of Sicily and later of Naples, whom he served with distinction for seven years. On the ascension of Philip IV of Spain, Osuna fell from favour and Quevedo was placed under house arrest. He thereafter refused political appointment and devoted himself to writing, producing a steady stream of satirical verse and prose aimed at the follies of his contemporaries. In 1639 he was again arrested, supposedly for a satirical poem, and was confined in a monastery. Released in 1643, broken in health, he died shortly after.

Quevedo reveals his complex personality in the extreme variety of tone in his works, ranging from the obscene to the devout. His learning and wide culture impelled him to write works of high moral seriousness, treatises on Stoic philosophy, and translations of Epictetus and Seneca, but he demonstrates equal familiarity with low life and the cant of the underworld.

The bulk of his satirical writings were aimed at specific abuses of the day and are no longer of interest, but he is remembered for his picaresque novel La vida del buscón (1626; “The Life of a Scoundrel”), which describes the adventures of “Paul the Sharper” in a grotesquely distorted world of thieves, connivers, and impostors. Quevedo’s Sueños (1627; Dreams), fantasies of hell and death, written at intervals from 1606 to 1622, shows his development as a master of the then new Baroque style conceptismo, a complicated form of expression depending on puns and elaborate conceits.

Quevedo produced a vast quantity of poetry, as well as novels, theological works, literary criticism, political works and especially satire.

He died 8 September 1645, Villanueva de los Infantes

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Source Notes

Date was discovered in 2008. Quevedo, who was familiar with an astrological knowledge, coded his chart in one of his songs which Juan Estadella deciphered in 2009 in the Spanish book: Cuadernos de Quevedo" by Jose Luis Rivas Cabezuelo & Juan Estadella.

In his song, Queevedo coded that his Sun is in Libra, Moon in Scorpio, Leo rising, MC in Aries and Part of Fortune in Virgo. The possible birth time range only from 0.44 to 0.49 LMT.


  • Vocation : Politics : Diplomat
  • Vocation : Writers : Critic
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Vocation : Writers : Other Writers (satirist)
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession