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Renaissance Craftsmen and Humanistic Scholars

Circulation of Knowledge between Portugal and Germany


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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About the authors


Thomas Horst studied History and Anthropology at the Universities of Munich and Vienna. He holds a postdoc fellowship on Maps, Globes and Texts: Cosmographical knowledge in early Modern Europe at the Interuniversity Centre for the History of Science and Technology (CIUHCT), University of Lisbon.

Marília dos Santos Lopes teaches History and Culture Studies at the School of Human Sciences, Universidade Católica Portuguesa. She is member of the Research Centre for Communication and Culture (CECC), Portugal, and Senior Fellow at the Herzog August Library in Wolfenbüttel, Germany. Her research focuses on intercultural processes, on visual culture, and on the history of knowledge exchange in early modern Europe.

Henrique Leitão is Senior Researcher at the Interuniversity Centre for the History of Science and Technology (CIUHCT) and Professor at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon. His research focuses on the history of sciences, the history of cartography as well as the history of scientific books and libraries.

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