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Writing Captivity in the Early Modern AtlanticCirculations of Knowledge and Authority in the Iberian and English Imperial Worlds$
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Lisa Voigt

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807831991

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807838747_Knott

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The “True History” of Captivity Narratives in the Iberian Empires

The “True History” of Captivity Narratives in the Iberian Empires

(p.40) Chapter One The “True History” of Captivity Narratives in the Iberian Empires
Writing Captivity in the Early Modern Atlantic

Lisa Voigt

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter is dedicated to exploring the connections between accounts of Old and New World captivity, connections that are figuratively and literally illustrated in the woodcuts of the Frankfurt edition of Staden's Warhafftig Historia. The use of images created for a popular Italian story of a journey through the Middle East and India to illustrate German accounts of captivity in both Brazil and Turkey shows how travel narratives and their illustrations traversed linguistic, national, and imperial borders as fluidly as the voyagers themselves. Early modern Iberia is a particularly rich site for observing the circulation of representations of captivity, given Spain and Portugal's proximity and vulnerability to a powerful Islamic empire at the same time that they were pursuing their own overseas exploration and conquest.

Keywords:   New World captivity, Frankfurt edition, Staden, Warhafftig Historia, travel narratives

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