Spanish religious writer. He fled from the Spanish Inquisition to Italy in 1531. From 1534 he lived in Naples, where he became the spiritual centre of a group of prominent people anxious for reform and revival in the Church. Though outwardly he remained a Catholic, his conception of personal religion and interiority was largely Protestant in character and later had a wide appeal for the Reformed traditions; after his death various of his friends left the RC Church. He wrote a number of religious works and translated the Hebrew Psalter into Catalan.
His brother, Alfonso de Valdés (? 1490–1532) was a noted humanist. His Diálogo de Mercurio y Carón (1529), which attacks religion that has become a matter of empty, outward forms, was long erroneously attributed to Juan.
Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) — Christianity.