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Albuquerque

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

Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics

1990

January 1st, 1990

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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.

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Title Page5
Copyright Page6
Contents7
Preface9
INTRODUCTION15
Faithful Servant and Ungrateful Master15
History, Rhetoric and Intertextuality39
Chapter I. Ormuz65
Chapter II. Malacca79
Chapter III. The Retum to India107
Chapter IV. Benasterim165
Chapter V. Aden and the Red Sea221
Chapter VI. The Last Days of Albuquerque283
Family tree298
NOTES299
Bibliography314
Index317