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Writings of an exiled: a lettered between Portugal and Castile (15th century)

Grant number: 21/14127-9
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2022
Effective date (End): December 31, 2022
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - Ancient and Medieval History
Principal Investigator:Susani Silveira Lemos Franca
Grantee:Paloma Caroline Catelan
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Humanas e Sociais (FCHS). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Franca. Franca , SP, Brazil


In the 15th century Portugal lettered production experienced a significant boost, however, it still remained under the tutelage of the high nobility, whose members left representative work - sometimes in single copies of a certain genre - of what they esteemed for their group and their people. Among those moralizing writings, a few excelled. They were produced by a nobleman whose life was marked by the misfortune of exile, Pedro de Coimbra. Due to the persecutions suffered by his father, the Infante D. Pedro of Portugal, D. João I's son, who died in the battle of Alfarrobeira, Pedro de Coimbra remained exiled to the court of Castile between 1449 to 1456. While he remained ostracized in foreign lands, his literary production, outlined by grief, was significantly boosted. At that time, he wrote some of his most remarkable works in the language that was the most prestigious and most current for expressing Iberian moralizing ideals, the Castilian. Considering that the writing of Constable D. Pedro of Portugal was a pioneer in Portuguese-Castillian bilingualism and that his trajectory is marked by his links with the Iberian kingdoms, this research aims to analyze to what extent the exile and the contacts established in it are determining D. Pedro's literate production, thus stimulating deeper scrutiny of moral order and expressing longstanding Iberian exchanges of writings and ideas. (AU)

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