Looking through the Vizão Feita por Xpo a el Rey Dom Affonso Henriques (1659) Franciscans in India and the legitimization of the Braganza monarchy


  • Ângela Barreto Xavier Instituto de Ciências Sociais – Universidade de Lisboa




Political Providentialism, Franciscans, Portuguese Empire, India


Early modern Portuguese political providentialism has attracted significant scholarly interest in recent years. Whether in reference to the legitimization of imperialism in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, to the divine justification of royal power in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (especially after 1640), to Sebastianism, the Fifth Empire and other forms of millenarism, or to the uses of astrology, scholars have demonstrated that political providentialism was a familiar language to the Portuguese monarchy. Little is known, however, about the formulation and spread of political providentialism in the Asian part of the Portuguese Empire. In this paper I provide a more complex picture of the dissemination of this language in the Estado da Índia through an analysis of the treatise Vizão de Affonso Henriques, written in Goa by Friar António de S. Thiago, in the year 1659. How does this treatise relate to metropolitan political providentialism, namely in the context of the legitimization of the Braganza monarchy? How is Franciscanism crucial in the treatise’s structure? And can the treatise be located at the crossroads of Euro-Asiatic political culture?


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How to Cite

Barreto Xavier, Ângela. (2016). Looking through the Vizão Feita por Xpo a el Rey Dom Affonso Henriques (1659) Franciscans in India and the legitimization of the Braganza monarchy. Culture &Amp; History Digital Journal, 5(2), e012. https://doi.org/10.3989/chdj.2016.012