Prince Henry "the Navigator": A Life

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Yale University Press, 1 ene. 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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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 ... Leer reseña completa

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 ... Leer reseña completa

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Matters of Nativity
13
The Force of Destiny Ceuta
29
The Crusader as Administrator Kings Lieutenant for the Affairs of Ceuta and Governor of the Order of Christ
59
Lord of the Isles
81
Beyond the Cape of No Return
109
A Just War? Prince Henrys Ambitions in the Sultanate of Morocco
135
Debacle at Tangier
167
Discovery Resumed The Portuguese Sahara
195
IV
291
V
316
VI
327
VII
345
VIII
365
IX
370
Notes
372
X
373

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II
239
III
264

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Página vi - What mankind has lost and gained by the genius and designs of this prince, it would be long to compare, and very difficult to estimate. Much knowledge has been acquired, and much cruelty been committed; the belief of religion has been very little propagated, and its laws have been outrageously and enormously violated.
Página xiii - ... 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.
Página v - Henry was the true foundation of the Greatnesse, not of Portugall alone, but of the whole Christian World, in Marine Affaires, and especially of these Heroike endevours of the English (whose flesh and bloud hee was) which this ensuing Historic shall pre* See Dam.

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