History of Modern Portugal (15th-17th Century)


Students are expected to:
a) Acquire an overview of Portuguese history from the 15th to 17th centuries.
b) Understand the most relevant economic, social, political and cultural processes which took place in Portugal during the 15th to 17 centuries.
c) Acquire knowledge of most influential historiographical approaches of the studied subjects.
d) Know the basic bibliography produced on the history of Portugal in this period in time.
e) Improve ability to communicate orally and in writing, integrating the vocabulary and concepts specific to this subject area.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Ana Isabel de Lemos Carvalhao Buescu de Vasconcelos e Sousa


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language





BOUZA, Fernando, D. Filipe I, Lisboa, Círculo de Leitores, 2005

BUESCU, Ana Isabel, D. João III (1502-1557), Lisboa, Círculo de Leitores, 2005

COSTA, João Paulo Oliveira e, D. Manuel 1469-1521. Um príncipe do Renascimento,Lisboa, Círculo de Leitores, 2005

CRUZ, Maria Augusta Lima, D. Sebastião Lisboa, Círculo de Leitores, 2006

DISNEY, Anthony R., A História de Portugal e do Império Português, Lisboa, Clube do Livro, 2019

FONSECA, Luís Adão da, D. João II,  Lisboa, Círculo de Leitores, 2005

História de Portugal, dir. José Mattoso, vol. III - No Alvorecer da Modernidade (1480-1620, coord. Joaquim Romero Magalhães, Lisboa, Círculo de Leitores, 1993

História de Portugal, coord. Rui Ramos, Lisboa, 1ª ed., A Esfera dos Livros, 2009

Nova História de Portugal. dir. Joel Serrão e A. H. de Oliveira Marques, vol. V - Do Renascimento à Crise Dinástica, coord. João José Alves Dias, Lisboa, Presença, 1998

POLÓNIA, Amélia, D. Henrique. O Cardeal-Rei, Colecção Biografias dos Reis de Portugal, Lisboa

Teaching method

Lectures play an important role in this course, though not exclusively. Students will be asked to engage actively during classes and encouraged to analyze and comment texts or other teaching resources. The teaching methods also include extensive use of computer media.

Evaluation method

Available soon

Subject matter

1. Early Modern Portugal: the Portuguese monarchy with king John II (1481-1495) and king Manuel I (1495-1521)

2. Changes and mutations: King John III (1521-1557)

3. The end of the Avis dinasty: from king Sebastian (1557-1578) to the loss of political independance

4.The dual monarchy with king Philip II (1580-1598)


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