Albuquerque

Caesar of the East. Selected Texts by Afonso de Albuquerque and His Son

T. F. Earle and Tom Earle

£22.99
- +

ISBN: 9780856684883

Publication: January 1, 1990

Series: Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics

In the USA? Buy the Paperback US edition
Of all the remarkable people who first opened up the rest of the world to the Europeans Columbus, Magellan, Vasco da Gama, Pizarro and Cortes Afonso de Albuquerque, governor of Portuguese India from 1509 to 1515, was one of the most astonishing. He was a commander of bold strategic conceptions, a far-sighted administrator and in addition a talented writer, whose dispatches to King Manuel contain a wealth of spontaneous narrative, description and pungent comment. Caesar of the East is a specially edited anthology, based on the original Portuguese texts, of selections from these dispatches, or Cartas , and from the Comentarios (Commentaries) written by Albuquerque's son, also called Afonso, about his father's career, with new English translations of both. In the introduction Dr Villiers evaluates the part that Albuquerque played in the foundation of the Portuguese empire in Asia, and Dr Earle provides a literary analysis of the contrasting styles of the Cartas and the Comentarios , where the father's informality and spontaneity contrast fascinatingly with his son's carefully contrived and highly literary narrative. Historical and geographical notes help the reader to understand the text.

Introduction: Faithful servant and ungrateful master History, rhetoric and intertextuality Chapter I: Ormuz Chapter II: Malacca Chapter III: The Return to India Chapter VI: Benasterim Chapter V: Aden and the Red Sea Chapter VI: The Last Days of Albuquerque Family Tree Notes Bibliography

Format: Paperback

Size: 210 x 149 mm

320 Pages

ISBN: 9780856684883

Publication: January 1, 1990

Series: Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics

Related products

Scroll to top