A Message from the Cortes de amor: An Admonishment on New Christians Attributed to Father António Vieira

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Abstract

Abstract This article is a textual and contextual analysis of one of Father António Vieira’s apocryphal writings addressed to Portugal’s prince regent D. Pedro: the “Paper on the Parliament made by the Prince and Regent Dom Pedro.” Besides reinforcing Vieira’s authorship, this study sheds light on the way the Jesuit faced one of the worst moments in the history of the New Christian phenomenon in Portugal, after a host desecration in the Church of Odivelas in May 1671, when politics and anti-converso feelings became intertwined. Rhetoric and political messianism appear in this manuscript as tools to transform hatred of New Christians into empathy and support
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)155-190
Number of pages36
JournalE-Journal of Portuguese History
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022

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