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Document type
Journal articles

Document subtype
Full paper

Title
The Diary of the Swiss Leonhard Thurneysser and Black Africans in Renaissance Lisbon

Participants in the publication
Bernardo Jerosch Herold (Editor)
Thomas Horst (Editor)
Dep. História e Filosofia das Ciências
CIUHCT - Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia

Scope
International

Refereeing
Yes

Summary
An excerpt of a German 16th Century manuscript is presented together with it's translation. The author is presumed to be Leonhard Thurneysser zum Thurn (Basel 1531–Cologne 1596), who claims to have started writing it in Lisbon as a guest of the Portuguese humanist Damião de Góis about 1555/56. The excerpt deals with black Africans as observed by the author in Lisbon. It contains detailed descriptions of their bodies and their habits. Furthermore it describes how they were sold as slaves on the streets of Lisbon. He also speculates about the reasons for their blackness, resorting to alchemy and astrology. Based on a letter from the emperor of Ethiopia he mentions the ties between Ethiopia and Portugal as well as with the Roman Church.

Date of Publication
2017-09-14

Where published
Renaissance Studies

Publication Identifiers
ISSN - 0269-1213

Publisher
Wiley

Volume
32
Number
3

Number of pages
25
Starting page
463
Last page
488

Document Identifiers
DOI - https://doi.org/10.1111/rest.12332
URL - http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/rest.12332

Keywords
An excerpt of a German 16th Century manuscript is presented together with it's translation. The author is presumed to be Leonhard Thurneysser zum Thurn (Basel 1531–Cologne 1596) who claims to have started writing it in Lisbon as a guest of the Portuguese humanist Damião de Góis about 1555/56. The excerpt deals with black Africans as observed by the author in Lisbon. It contains detailed descriptions of their bodies and their habits. Furthermore it describes how they were sold as slaves on the streets of Lisbon. He also speculates about the reasons for their blackness resorting to alchemy and astrology. Based on a letter from the emperor of Ethiopia he mentions the ties between Ethiopia and Portugal as well as with the Roman Church. Black Africans Lisbon Slave Trade Leonhard Thurneysser


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APA
(2017). The Diary of the Swiss Leonhard Thurneysser and Black Africans in Renaissance Lisbon. Renaissance Studies, 32, 463-488. ISSN 0269-1213. eISSN . http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/rest.12332

IEEE
"The Diary of the Swiss Leonhard Thurneysser and Black Africans in Renaissance Lisbon" in Renaissance Studies, vol. 32, pp. 463-488, 2017. 10.1111/rest.12332

BIBTEX
@article{44516, author = {}, title = {The Diary of the Swiss Leonhard Thurneysser and Black Africans in Renaissance Lisbon}, journal = {Renaissance Studies}, year = 2017, pages = {463-488}, volume = 32 }