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Cosas y cartas: Scribal Production and Material Pathways in Jesuit Global Communication (1547–1573) (2015)


This article analyzes some of the social mechanisms and material processes involved in Jesuit global communication in the first decades of the Society’s history. The exchange of administrative correspondence, news-sheets (quadrimestres), and edifying letters from the overseas missions was coordinated by the Society’s Roman secretary, Juan Alfonso de Polanco. Communication made significant material demands on both Rome and key transmission nodes on the Jesuit network. In 1560, a decentralized system of scribal production of news and letters was established. Particular pressure was placed on Lisbon, a crucial communications hub for exchanges between Jesuits in Europe and the overseas missions. The last part of the article examines the experience of the Jesuit procurator in Lisbon, charged with managing the exchange of documents between Europe and Jesuits in Asia, Africa, and Brazil. The case of Lisbon, though exceptional, reflects many of the everyday realities of Jesuit communication during the Society’s formative period. Several documents are published in an appendix.

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Authors & Contributors
Wiegers, Gerard
Massimi, Marina
Jonge, Henk Jam De
Kippenberg, Hand G.
Leertouwer, Lammert
Toorn, Karel Van Der
Physis: Rivista Intemazionale di Storia della Scienza
Public Understanding of Science
Royal Historical Society. Transactions
Journal of Jesuit Studies
Journal of Early Modern History
University of North Carolina Press
Temple University Press
Greenwood, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC
Vanderbilt University Press
Warburg Institute
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Correspondence and corresponding
Science and religion
Communication of scientific ideas
Crafts and craftspeople
Álvares, Domingos
Kircher, Athanasius
Hagen, Johann G.
Linnaeus, Carolus
South America
North America
17th century
16th century
18th century
20th century
21st century
Early modern
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)
The Friends of Photography

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