(1502–74), Portuguese humanist and historian, educated at the court of King Manuel I. In 1523 King John III sent Góis to Antwerp as the representative in the Portuguese feitoria; this post proved to be the first of a series of diplomatic appointments in European courts. He lived for four years in Padua (where he met Pietro Bembo) and six years in Louvain (where he married the aristocratic Johanna van Hargen). Góis moved in radical humanist circles, and his acquaintances included Cardinal Jacopo Sadoleto, Martin Luther, and Erasmus; these contacts eventually attracted the attention of the Portuguese Inquisition, which repeatedly interviewed Góis and finally arrested him in 1571; he died shortly after his release from prison.
From The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).