Vicente Espinel, a Spanish poet, born in Ronda, Andalusia, about 1545, died in Madrid about 1634. His father's name was Francisco Goma, but, according to a Spanish custom, he adopted the name of his maternal grandmother. He was educated at Salamanca, and afterward led an adventurous life in various parts of Europe. In his latter years he held an ecclesiastical office in his native town, though he passed much of his time in the capital. He was in pecuniary trouble through the whole of his career, and died in poverty, although he was the recipient of a pension from the archbishop of Toledo. Espinel was prominent among the Spanish poets of the 16th and 17th centuries, and some of his canciones, redondillas, pastorals, and elegies are spirited, picturesque, and harmonious in versification. He was also proficient in music, and is said to have added a fifth string to the guitar, which soon led to the invention of the sixth. But his chief work is his Relationes de la vida del escudero Marcos de Obregon, which first appeared at Barcelona in 1618, and has since passed through several editions in Spain. An English translation was made by Algernon Langton (London, 1816), and Tieck wrote an imitation in German (Breslau, 1827). Voltaire accused Le Sage of plagiarism, and denounced the "Gil Blas" as taken entirely from Espinel's "Marcos de Obregon."