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The Obedience of a King of Portugal


Vasco Fernandes de Lucena
Translated by Francis M. Rogers

The Obedience of a King of Portugal

Especially designed as an example of fine book making, this volume presents a facsimile reproduction and a translation of a fifteen-century publication. The original upon which this publication is based is in the James Ford Bell Collection in the University of Minnesota library. The text is that of the obedience oration of Vasco Fernandes de Lucena, delivered for John II of Portugal to Pope Innocent VIII in 1485. Scholars consider the work a magnificent example of the Latin oratorical prose of the period.

The Obedience of a King of Portugal

Francis M. Rogers was a professor of Romance languages and literatures at Harvard University.

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