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The Jesuits in Ethiopia (1609-1641) : Latin letters in translation /
translated by Jessica Wright and Leon Grek ; edited by Wendy Laura Belcher ; introduced by Leonardo Cohen.
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Wiesbaden : Harrassowitz Verlag, 2017.
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xvi, 272 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN
3447108797, 9783447108799
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Wiesbaden : Harrassowitz Verlag, 2017.
isbn
3447108797
9783447108799
contents note
Abbreviations -- Chronology -- Preface by Wendy Laura Belcher -- Introduction to the text by Leonardo Cohen -- A history of the catholic mission in Ethiopia (1557-1632) -- Jesuit texts about Ethiopia -- Latin and the Jesuits -- Exporting the counter-reformation -- The conversion of Noblemen : the case of ... and ... -- The conversion of Noblewomen -- The defeat of catholicism -- The reasons for the defeat of catholicism -- Was Mendes responsible for the defeat of catholicism? -- The capuchins and the mission's project in Ethiopia -- Under the crown of martyrdom -- Conclusion -- Introduction to the translation by Leon Grek and Jessica Wright -- Text -- Syntax and style -- Pronouns and articles -- First-person plural pronouns -- Punctuation -- Paragraphs -- Personal names -- Place-names -- Technical terms -- Biblical quotations -- Annotation -- The translation of selected Latin letters by Jessica Wright and Leon Grek -- Anonymous description of the Ethiopian empire [1533] regarding what the Jesuits knew about Ethiopia when they arrived in the sixteenth century -- Excerpts from the annual letter of the Province of Goa, 1609 regarding rebellion and hardship in Abyssinia, the support of the emperor, virtues that please the Abyssinians -- Father Pedro Páez to Father Nicolas Pimenta, visitor of the Indies [... 1610] : regarding conflict with the Turks, good relations with Sella Christos, Páez the teacher, expedition against the Oromo -- Excerpt from the annual letter of the Province of Goa, 1611 regarding the Jesuits' success with the imperial family, civil conflict, anecdotes about local women as catholics or heathens -- Excerpt from the annual letter of the Province of Goa, 1612 regarding the Jesuits' success, including the conversion of women; conflict with the Oromo -- Excerpt from the annual letter of the Province of Goa, 1613 regarding the Jesuits' success, including doctrinal influence on the two natures of Christ and other matters -- Excerpts from the annual letter of the Province of Goa, 1615 regarding monastic conflict and imperial conflict : plots, women, and war -- Excerpts from the annual letter of the Province of Goa, 1618 regarding Ethiopia as in a wretched state, conflict over imperial Roman Catholicism, plots against them; description of the seminary in Gorgora, including an exemplary Portuguese woman -- Excerpt from the annual letter of the Province of Goa, 1622 regarding the life of Pedro Páez -- Excerpt from the annual letter of the Province of Goa, Father Ioannes da Silva, 1623 regarding new fathers sent to Ethiopia, the great danger from local Muslims, the death of Franciscus Antonius de Angelis -- Father Aymar Guerin to the superior general of the Society of Jesus, Cairo, 14 September 1627 regarding the author being prevented from performing sacred duties while traveling -- Patriarch Mendes to the superior general of the Society of Jesus, Dänqäz, 1 June 1629 regarding the difficulties of the mission; Mendes compares himself to ancient martyrs -- Father Bruno Bruni to the superior general of the society of Jesus, Ethiopia, 30 June 1629 regarding miracles, the cure of a royal woman, conversion of the imperial granddaughter -- Father Mendes to the Roman Pontiff, Däbsan, 8 July 1629 regarding Tacla and his sister killing a Jesuit attached to the imperial house -- Father Nicolaus de Fenal to the superior general of the society of Jesus, Luanda, 23 May 1630 regarding Nicolaus having a place in the king's house -- Urban VIII to Fasilädäs, Son of the Emperor of Ethiopia, Rome, 28 November 1630 exhorting Fasiladas to not rest until all of Abyssinia is Roman Catholic -- Patriarch Mendes to the Roman Pontiff, Fremona, 11 May 1633 regarding the disintegration of the Ethiopian Catholic church, gossip about Fasilädäs and his wife -- Excerpts from the Annual letter of the Province of Goa, 5 February 1635 regarding conflict between those loyal to the national religion and those loyal to the Roman Catholic Pope, heretical monks and rebellion, religious violence, an anecdote about the imperial daughter Zadanguil and Catholic woman -- Father Bruno Bruni to the Jesuit priests of the Province of Goa [from Seraoê, where he was in hiding], 17 July 1635 regarding the Jesuit martyrs and the imperial perpetrators -- Patriarch Mendes to the Sacred congregation for the propagation of the Faith, Goa, 22 February 1637 regarding military aid and the dangers to the Jesuit mission in Ethiopia -- Cardinal prefect of the Sacred congregation for the propagation of the Faith to Patriarch Mendes, Rome, 12 September 1637 regarding consolation for the martyrs, refusing the request for military aid -- Patriarch Mendes to the sacred congregation for the propagation of the Faith, Goa, 11 November 1638 regarding the false rumors about conflicts between the Ethiopian princes and the Jesuits on the account of nationality -- Decree of the sacred congregation for the propagation of the Faith, Rome, 17 January 1639 regarding helping the Jesuits -- Patriarch Mendes to Pope Urban VIII, Goa, 10 October 1639 regarding martyrs and imperial perpetrators, the emperor being persuaded to persecute Jesuits to prove his Ethiopian faith -- Patriarch Mendes to the sacred congregation for the propagation of the Faith, Goa, 7 December 1639 regarding the martyr narrative -- Report of Father Brother Manoel de Asuncão, of the order of the Hermits of Saint Augustine, to the sacred congregation for the propagation of the Faith, regarding the causes of the expulsion of the Jesuits from Ethiopia regarding the expulsion of the Jesuits from Ethiopia and the accumulation of their possessions -- Summary of the Acts in the meeting held for the Ethiopian Mission by the sacred congregation for the propagation of the Faith, Rome, 3 May 1640 regarding dissension between the missionaries causing trouble -- Father Brother Antonio da Virgoletta to the Rector of the College of Diu, S. I., Suakin, late June 1640 regarding that martyrdom is not the result of royal cruelty but of competition between the bishops -- Excerpt from the annual letter from the Province of Goa, 3 January 1641 regarding martyr narratives, how king fasilädäs lures them out -- The sacred congregation for the propagation of the faith to patriarch mendes, 1641 regarding consolation on the martyrdom, hope they will help the mission -- Glossary of people, places, and terms in the Latin letters of the Jesuits by Emily Dalton and Wendy Laura Belcher -- Index.
abstract
This volume constitutes the first English translation of Latin letters relating to the Jesuit mission in Ethiopia. It covers a period beginning shortly after the accession of Emperor Susenyos, who would convert to Catholicism in 1612 and declare Roman Catholicism the religion of Ethiopia in 1621, to the ejection of the Jesuits by Susenyos's son Fasilädäs in 1633 and the suppression of the mission over the course of the following decade. The letters document a fascinating encounter between Western and African Christianities and detailed accounts of the theological, political, and educational activities of the Jesuit mission, as well as the significant role played by Ethiopian aristocratic and royal women in resisting the imposition of Western Catholicism.
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11562114
 
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