The Calabrian Charlatan, 1598-1603

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

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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.
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  • Hardback | 186 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 15.24mm | 380g
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Gordonsville, United States
  • English
  • 2003 ed.
  • 6 Illustrations, black and white; X, 186 p. 6 illus.
  • 1403903255
  • 9781403903259

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 Sanlucar: Descent into Purgatory Conclusion Epilogue
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'beautifully written.' - Dr Edward Muir, Northwestern University, Illinois
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'beautifully written.' - Dr Edward Muir, Northwestern University, Illinois
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About Eric Olsen

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.
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