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An Imperial Republic: Manuel Severim de Faria Surveys the Globe, 1608–1655

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The reasons for Évora's importance within the Portuguese empire must therefore lie somewhere other than in the city's seeming stasis. As this chapter will argue, it was erudition and religion that forged the links between the Alentejan capital and the rest of the world. Évora was home to a training center for Jesuit missionaries, educated men who traveled the globe with apostolic goals, and the chantre of the city's cathedral church was one of their most important patrons. The discussion that follows will examine the network of connections established by Manuel Severim de Faria during the first half of the seventeenth century during the time he was canon and chantre. As such, his circle of sociability reinforced the bonds between agents of empire whose functions were not military or economic, but artistic, intellectual, or, primarily, religious; in short, it was an imperial republic.

Keywords:Évora; Alentejan capital; chantre; Globe; Imperial Republic; Jesuit; Manuel Severim de Faria; Portuguese empire



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