Alvarez was born in either
Lisbon, Portugal, or Cordoba, Spain. He entered the Dominican
convent at Cordoba in 1368. He became known for his
preaching prowess in Spain and Italy, was confessor and adviser of Queen
Catherine, John of Gaunt's daughter, and tutor of King John
II in his youth. He reformed the court, and then left the court to found a monastery near
There the Escalaceli (ladder of heaven) that he built became a center of religious devotion. He successfully led the opposition to antipope Benedict XII (Peter de Luna), and by the time of his death was famous all over Spain for his teaching, preaching, asceticism, and holiness. His cult was confirmed in 1741.
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