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Dr Vivien Kogut Lessa de SáDr. Vivien Kogut Lessa de Sá is Teaching Associate in Portuguese Studies at the University of Cambridge. Her main interests are comparative studies in Brazilian, Portuguese and English literatures, and in early modern travel writing, especially in connection to the New World. Her book, The Admirable Adventures and Strange Fortunes of Anthony Knivet: an English Pirate in Brazil, published in 2015 by Cambridge University Press, is the first critical edition of one of the earliest descriptions of Brazil written by an Englishman. She had previously published a translation of Knivet’s account in Brazil (As Incríveis Aventuras e Estranhos Infortúnios de Anthony Knivet, Zahar Editores, 2007). She has published articles on early modern travel to Brazil and on Shakespearean Studies, besides three collections of poetry in Brazil and Argentina. In episode 5 of History Hub’s podcast series – ‘Kingdom, Empire and Plus Ultra: conversations on the history of Portugal and Spain, 1415-1898‘ – Vivien discusses early colonial Brazil with series host Dr Edward Collins.

‘Early Colonial Brazil, English Piracy, and the Adventures of Anthony Knivet (1591-1599)’ with Dr Vivien Kogut Lessa de Sá.

Kingdom, Empire and Plus Ultra

This History Hub podcast series features interviews with experts in the areas of Portuguese and Spanish history, from the beginning of the Portuguese discoveries in 1415 to the end of Spanish dominion in America in 1898. The interviews, conducted by historian Dr. Edward Collins, cover a range of topics on the domestic and overseas histories of both nations, which include, among others: the Portuguese explorations of Africa and Asia, Spanish navigation and settlement in America, the church in Portugal and Spain, monarchy and intermarriage in the Iberian kingdoms, natural science and mapping in America, the role of nautical science, Irish historical relations with Portugal and Spain, and imperial competition in Europe and overseas.

The interviewees comprise a number of established and renowned academics, as well as up-and-coming researchers from universities and institutions worldwide. This History Hub series is funded by UCD Seed Funding and supported by UCD School of History. Series editor is Mike Liffey (Real Smart Media). Download series episodes on iTunes or listen via Soundcloud. historyhub.ie/kingdom-empire-and-plus-ultra

Image: Map of Brazil in the Miller Atlas of 1519 by Pedro Reinel, Jorge Reinel, Lopo Homem (mapmakers), and António de Holanda (miniaturist) (Unknown) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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