© 2003

The Calabrian Charlatan, 1598–1603

Messianic Nationalism in Early Modern Europe

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. H Eric, R Olsen
    Pages 1-5
  3. H Eric, R Olsen
    Pages 29-47
  4. H Eric, R Olsen
    Pages 65-85
  5. H Eric, R Olsen
    Pages 86-102
  6. H Eric, R Olsen
    Pages 121-125
  7. H Eric, R Olsen
    Pages 126-127
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 128-186

About this book


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.


Europe millenarianism nation Spain

About the authors

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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