Gil Vicente, (born c. 1465, Portugal--died 1536/37), chief dramatist of Portugal, sometimes called the Portuguese Plautus. He was also a noted lyric poet, in both Portuguese and Spanish.The record of much of Vicente's life is vague, to the extent that his identity is still uncertain. Some have identified him with a goldsmith of that name at the court of Evora; the goldsmith is mentioned in royal documents from 1509 to 1517 and worked for the widow of King John II, Dona Leonor. Others believe he was the master of rhetoric of the future King Manuel. His first known work was produced June 7, 1502, on the..