The Network of Routes of Emperor Charles V continued on the afternoon of 5th November 2020 with its series of web seminars dedicated to the celebration of the fifth centenary of the coronation of Emperor Charles V.
On this occasion, the second of the webinars was attended by a total of 220 registered participants from 19 countries (Finland, Spain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Portugal, Italy, Netherlands, Mexico, Peru, Luxembourg, Germany, Argentina, United Kingdom, Sweden, Canada, Austria and Brazil), who were able to follow the presentations of Maria de Fátima Antunes dos Reis, Secretary General of the Portuguese Academy of History. Deputy Director of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon; and of Maarten Vermeir, Doctorate at the University of Jaen, through our channels on the social networks Twitter, Facebook, Periscope and YouTube.
María de Fátima Antunes dos Reis has focused her intervention on two sons of the Sephardic diaspora, the Faleiro brothers, and their role in the circumnavigation of Magallanes-Elcano. In her opinion, these are two figures that history has not dealt with in accordance with the role they played in the setting up and development of the aforementioned company. "It must be recognised that the brothers Francisco and Rui Faleiro contributed to the circumnavigation voyage and the development of nautical science at that time", she stressed during his speech.
So much so, stressed Maria de Fátima Antunes dos Reis, that in the case of Francisco Faleiro, "his knowledge was recognised by Charles V, who gave him a certain amount of money for the work he had done in preparing for Magellan's voyage".
Through his presentation, Maarten Vermeir discussed the interwovenness during the three first years of the emancipated reign of Charles as Ruler of the Burgundian Low Countries (1515-1518) between the political undertakings and plans of the powers that be behind the throne of the young Prince Charles, and the cultural achievements and projects of the leaders and figureheads of Christian Humanism in Europe: Desiderius Erasmus and Thomas More.
Through Mr Vermeir's presented study, a new profile arises of a man who remained almost in the fringes of historiography although he was most highly regarded as the living image and example of an ideal Princeps Christianus in the eyes of Erasmus and as a Prince of Utopia in the eyes of Thomas More: Chancellor Jean le Sauvage or Ioannes Sylvagius, the last Chancellor of Burgundy; and, as described by Paludanus in his preface for the Book of Utopia: "the one and only Maecenas or patron of every noble pursuit who summons us."
If you have not been able to follow this web seminar live, you can watch it again by clicking on this link.
Finally, it should be remembered that the web seminars dedicated to the celebration of the fifth centenary of the coronation of Emperor Charles V will continue on 19 November (in Spanish) and 3 December (in French).