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The Forgotten Treaty on Contradictions and the Unpublished Historia de Japam

  • Cristina Castel-Branco
  • Guida Carvalho
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Abstract

A perplexing question emerges based upon the revelatory information we obtained in the Jesuit archives and Pontifical Gregorian University Library in Rome about the sixteenth-century Japanese-Portuguese relationship: Why did the Historia de Japam remain unpublished for 400 years? The author Luis Frois, as we have seen, provided a consistent and veridical account of his experiences in Japan. Some of his letters, once they reached Rome, were immediately translated in Italian and published in small books that can be found in the Vatican Library, mostly edited by Luigi Zannetti. Moreover, the institution that had requested the work, the Jesuit Society, was becoming an increasingly powerful entity and was keen to publish every bit of information about their apostolic mission and their achievements. Thus, there would appear to be no reason for the burying of such a unique work. This chapter reveals a plausible cause for it.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cristina Castel-Branco
    • 1
  • Guida Carvalho
    • 2
  1. 1.Landscape Architecture Professor; Department of Natural Resources and Landscape, School of AgronomyUniversity of LisbonLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.ACB Landscape Architecture StudioLandscape Architect, MLA University of LisbonLisbonPortugal

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