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Renaissance Craftsmen and Humanistic Scholars

Circulation of Knowledge between Portugal and Germany

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Edited By Thomas Horst, Marília dos Santos Lopes and Henrique Leitão

The study of the relations between Portugal and the German-speaking countries in the 15th and 16th centuries is an intriguing topic that has attracted the interest of scholars for some decades. In recent years evidence accumulated has shown that there was still much to be known and even some large areas were still unexplored. In order to better grasp the nature of what was a complex historical phenomenon, an interdisciplinary approach to the topic turned out to be necessary by deepening the understanding of what is usually termed the circulation of knowledge. The present book shows how knowledge travels with people, with artifacts, along commercial lines, and is created and transformed by the intervention of individuals from various educational and social strata.

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The Relationship between Portugal and the Holy Roman Empire at the Beginning of the Early Modern Period: a Brief Introduction (Thomas Horst)

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Thomas Horst

The Relationship between Portugal and the Holy Roman Empire at the Beginning of the Early Modern Period: a Brief Introduction

Abstract: Der vorliegende Beitrag ist als Einführung in die Thematik der deutsch-portugiesischen Kulturbeziehungen im 15./16. Jahrhundert gedacht und hebt exemplarisch einige bedeutende Objekte der materiellen Kultur als Schlaglichter hervor. Darunter sind neben den Grabmälern der aus Portugal stammenden Kaiserin Eleonore von Portugal (1436–1467) und ihrer Kammerzofe Beatrix Lopi († 1453) in Wiener Neustadt auch der im Johanneum in Graz verwahrte Prunkwagen sowie eine Statue in der Hofkirche von Innsbruck hervorzuheben.

Für die Entwicklung der deutsch-portugiesischen Kulturkontakte spielten schließlich nicht nur humanistische Gelehrte, sondern auch in Portugal lebende Mittelsmänner der oberdeutschen Handelsgesellschaften und ihre Vereinigung in der Bartholomäus-Brüderschaft eine besondere Rolle; die dazugehörigen archivalischen Quellen werden bestens mit Reiseberichten und materiellen Objekten, ergänzt. Diese gilt es in Zukunft vermehrt unter wissenshistorischen Aspekten zu untersuchen.

The international workshop “Renaissance Craftsmen and Humanistic Scholars: European Circulation of Knowledge between Portugal and Germany”, which we have organized in the National Library of Portugal on 20th/21th November 2014 together with Professora Dr. Marília dos Santos Lopes (Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e Cultura; Universidade Católica Portuguesa) and Professor Dr. Henrique Leitão (Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia, University of Lisbon) dealt with the circulation of scientific and technological knowledge in the early modern period. At this...

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