Prince Henry "the Navigator": A Life

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Yale University Press, 01/01/2000 - 448 páginas
Henry the Navigator is a legendary, almost mythical, figure in late medieval history. Together with Columbus he was considered one of the progenitors of 'modernity', a man who dared to challenge the scientific assumptions of his age and by so doing was responsible for liberating Europeans from the geographical constraints which had bound them since the collapse of the Roman Empire. His image as imperialist and, above all, maritime, mathematical, and navigational pioneer has been slow to die. Yet there has been no English life of this 'hero of both science and of action' since Beazley's of 1895. This book, therefore, represents the first re-evaluation of his life in over a century. Peter Russell has made use of much recently published documentary evidence to provide an eloquent, sophisticated and highly readable account of Henry's life. While full attention is given to all aspects of his voyages of discovery in the African Atlantic, including their economic and cultural consequences and the difficult questions of international law and papal jurisdiction, Russell also examines in detail the other spheres of activity which contributed to his fame, or sometimes brought it into question

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Procura do Utilizador  - CurrerBell - LibraryThing

A decently competent biography, but it somehow doesn't particularly bring Henry alive. There's no discussion of his possible probable homosexuality notwithstanding frequent enough references to his ... Ler crítica na íntegra

PRINCE HENRY "THE NAVIGATOR": A Life

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An illuminating and well-written life of the founding figure of the Age of Exploration.Prince Henry of Portugal (1394-1460) changed more than the trade routes through his dispatch of ships from ... Ler crítica na íntegra

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Matters of Nativity
5
The Force of Destiny Ceuta
21
The Crusader as Administrator Kings Lieutenant for the Affairs of Ceuta and Governor of the Order of Christ
51
Lord of the Isles
73
Beyond the Cape of No Return
101
A Just War? Prince Henrys Ambitions in the Sultanate of Morocco
127
Debacle at Tangier
159
Discovery Resumed The Portuguese Sahara
187
VI
283
VII
308
IX
319
XI
337
XII
357
XIII
362
Notes
364
XIV
365

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224
II
231
IV
256

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Página v - ... were the effects of the patience, wisdom, intellectual labor, and example of one man, backed by the pluck of a race of sailors, who, when we consider the means at their disposal, have been unsurpassed as adventurers in any country or in any age.

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