The History of Tamerlan in Don García de Silva y Figueroa’s Comentarios (1624)

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Abstract

The main purpose of my paper is to present and to explore briefly a travel account written in the early decades of the 17th century by Don García de Silva y Figueroa, Spanish ambassador sent to Persia by King Felipe III of Spain (and also Portugal, where he is styled Felipe II). The topics that I will try to address will be (and not necessarily in this order): Who was this man? Why did he travel all the way to India and then to Persia when he was more than 60 years old? What kind of travel account did he write? Why this text is scarcely known among historians of European interactions with Asia, despite its enormous relevance? What sort of information may we gather from this source?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Spanish Monarchy and Safavid Persia in the Early Modern Period: Politics, War and Religion
EditorsEnrique García Hernán, José Cutillas Ferrer , Rudi Matthee
Place of PublicationValência
PublisherAlbatros
Pages177-198
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)978-84-7274-318-2
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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