Maria Barreto DávilaAssistente de InvestigaçãoDoutorandoFaculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas/Universidade Nova de Lisboamariabarretodavila@gmail.comGrupo de Investigação: Configurações Políticas e InstitucionaisÁreas de Investigação: História culturalHistória da expansão portuguesaHistória institucional e políticaHistória militarHistória social
I'm a PhD student in History of Discoveries and Portuguese Expansion with a Doctoral grant from the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia. In my thesis "Ruling the Atlantic: the infanta Dona Beatriz and the House of Viseu (1470-1485)" I will analyze the period during which Dona Beatriz took over the administration of the vast heritage of the House of Viseu, after her husband's death. Imposing herself in a man's world, she managed their domain with skill, especially that of the Atlantic archipelagos.
By analysing in detail the overseas policy of House of Viseu during this period, as well as Beatriz’s key role in the occupation of the Atlantic archipelagos and the pressing need to study the role of women in position of power at the dawn of the Modern Age, supports the main topic/subject for this project. Our goal is to understand the Ruling of Dona Beatriz whilst head of the House of Viseu, taking into especial consideration the spatial boundary of the Atlantic domain.
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