Cultura material e diplomacia eclesiástica. As relações e a troca de presentes entre o bispo-conde de Coimbra D. Afonso de Castelo Branco e a corte papal (1590-1615

Translated title of the contribution: Material culture and ecclesiastical diplomacy. The relations and the exchange of presents between the bishop-count of Coimbra D.Alphonso de Castelo Branco and the papal court (1590-1615)

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Abstract

In this article I address the topics of material culture and Portuguese ecclesiasticaldiplomacy by analysing the case study of Afonso de Castelo Branco, bishop-count of Coimbra. The bishop’s correspondence kept in Archivio Segreto Vaticano made possible not only to ascertain who were his agents and contacts in Rome and the recipients of his diplomatic gifts, but also to identify the goods he selected for popes and cardinals – bezoar, stones, beads of calambuco, porcelains and amber gloves. Finally, I take into consideration Afonso Castelo Branco’s means of consumption and diplomatic strategies assessing the purpose of his investment.

O presente artigo constitui uma aproximação ao tema da cultura material associado à diplomacia praticada pelo clero português, partindo do estudo de caso de D. Afonso de Castelo Branco, bispo-conde de Coimbra. Tomando por fonte principal a correspondência conservada no Archivio Segreto Vaticano, estudam-se as redes clientelares de D. Afonsoem Roma, esclarecendo quem eram os seus agentes e contactos e os destinatários das suas ofertas. Seguidamente, identificam-se e caracterizam-se os artigos seleccionados por D. Afonso de Castelo Branco para oferecer aos papas e cardeais – pedras bezoar, contas de calambuco, porcelanas e luvas de âmbar. Por último, é dada atenção aos mecanismos de consumo e estratégias diplomáticas de D. Afonso de Castelo Branco, reflectindo sobre a finalidade do seu investimento.
Translated title of the contributionMaterial culture and ecclesiastical diplomacy. The relations and the exchange of presents between the bishop-count of Coimbra D.Alphonso de Castelo Branco and the papal court (1590-1615)
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)183-207
Number of pages25
JournalRevista de História da Sociedade e da Cultura
Volume14
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Diplomatic gifts
  • Consumption
  • Goods from Portuguese India trade route
  • Amber gloves
  • Habsburg Portugal
  • Presentes diplomáticos
  • Consumo
  • Mercadorias da carreira da Índia
  • Portugal dos Filipes

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