The Calabrian Charlatan, 1598-1603: Messianic Nationalism in Early Modern Europe

The Calabrian Charlatan, 1598-1603: Messianic Nationalism in Early Modern Europe

by E. Olsen

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Overview

In 1598 a man - branded the Calabrian Charlatan by his Spanish opponents - appeared in Venice claiming to be King Sebastian, the Portuguese monarch who disappeared in battle some twenty years before. Over the next five years Venetians, Spaniards, and Portuguese wrangled over the true character and identity of the man. Was he a lunatic? Was he an impostor? Was he a messianic king? Eric Olsen uses this strange event to explore Portuguese millenarianism and how a group of Portuguese rebels sought to exploit it to free their nation from Spain.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781349508686
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 11/19/2002
Series: Early Modern History: Society and Culture
Edition description: 1st ed. 2003
Pages: 186
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

ERIC OLSEN is a recent graduate of the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught at Utah State University and in the European Division of the University of Maryland University College.

Table of Contents

Prologue Sebastianism, Millenarianism, and Nationalism The New Chosen People Venice: Portuguese King or Calabrian Charlatan? Lisbon: Rumor and Simmering Discontent Venice to Leghorn: Sanctifying the King Florence, Naples, and Sanlúcar: Descent into Purgatory Conclusion Epilogue

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