Espiritualidade(s) na corte (Portugal, c. 1450-c. 1520): que leituras, que sentidos?

Translated title of the contribution: Spirituality(ies) in the Court (Portugal, c. 1450-0.1520): interpretations and meanings

Maria de Lurdes Rosa*

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The article studies the spirituality of the late-medieval Portuguese court, first of all, as a historiographical problem, and then to propose specific readings of the historical materials. It begins with a reflection on key concepts: spirituality, religiosity, devotion; it then proceeds to analyze the "narratives of modernization" of Western history, focusing on the phenomenon of the court and its religiosity. In the second part, some characteristics of the spirituality (ies) in the Portuguese court will be presented, with a central focus on the lay courtiers: the extension of the idea of "court spirituality"; the figure of the king as its nucleus; finally, the ways those courtiers found to perform, for their own benefit and autonomously, the central operation of the "ecclesia" - to spiritualize the matter, thus creating a specific social circulation of charity.
Translated title of the contributionSpirituality(ies) in the Court (Portugal, c. 1450-0.1520): interpretations and meanings
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)217-258
Number of pages42
JournalAnuario de Historia de la Iglesia
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Anthropological history
  • Devotion
  • Late medieval Portuguese court
  • Religiosity
  • Spirituality


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