The importance of the Almada e Lencastre Bastos archive for the study of Portuguese medieval history

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Abstract

The Almada e Lencastre Bastos archive, deposited in the National Library of Portugal since 1974, contains thousands of documents produced, received, and preserved by a few local, middle-rank, late medieval and modern elite families, between the fourteenth and twentieth centuries. The study of this archive allows us to trace their social paths and to understand their attitudes towards the creation and management of family archives. It also intends to reflect on how these families were themselves projected in their archives and on the relevance and the contributions that the study of similar archives can offer to historiography dedicated to late medieval and modern Portuguese elites.

O Arquivo Almada e Lencastre Bastos, que se encontra depositado na Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal desde 1974, é composto por milhares documentos produzidos, recebidos e preservados por algumas famílias das elites tardo-medievais e modernas entre os séculos XIV e XX. O estudo deste arquivo permite-nos, por um lado, traçar os seus percursos sociais e, por outro, tentar compreender as suas atitudes face à constituição e gestão dos arquivos familiares. Pretende-se ainda refletir sobre como estas famílias se projectam nos seus arquivos e no interesse e contributo que o estudo deste tipo de arquivos pode trazer para a escrita da história das elites tardo medieval e modernas portuguesas.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRecovered Voices, newfound questions
Subtitle of host publicationFamily archives and Historical Research
EditorsLurdes Rosa, Rita Sampaio da Nóvoa, Alice Borges Gago , Maria João da Câmara
Place of PublicationCoimbra
PublisherImprensa da Universidade de Coimbra
Pages225-237
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-989-26-1793-0
ISBN (Print)978-989-26-1793-0
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

Keywords

  • Archives
  • Elites
  • Porto
  • Families

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

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