Fernando Cervantes

Fernando Cervantes is Reader in History at the University of Bristol, and has a special interest in the intellectual and religious history of early modern Spain and Spanish America. His previous works include The Devil in the New World, Spiritual Encounters and Angels, Demons and the New World.

Dr Cervantes was the John Coffin Memorial Lecturer in the History of Ideas at the University of London in 2005 and has held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, UCLA, and the Liguria Study Centre for the Arts and the Humanities, Bogliasco, Italy.

His new book, Conquistadores: A New History, was published by Allen Lane/Penguin in the UK in 2020 and will be published by Viking in the US in September 2021. It was named a Book Of The Year 2020 by The Sunday Times, Times Literary Supplement, The Tablet and The Lady. ‘Enlightening … Conquistadores makes for fascinating reading’ Jude Webber, Financial Times.