Portugal: A Borda do Mundo
To the readers of this sources edition,
What you will see after this preface will be a compilation of many sources of the Early Modern Period coming from the kingdom of Portugal or were written about it in other nations. Both official records as ego documents like diaries have been included whenever they were deemed resourceful for giving insight into this moving period for the world. Both individual experience of change, important events and progress as well as official records will deal with the mentality of middle-class citizens, clergy, noblemen as well as with the view of the State itself on how the country should evolve and deal with the challenges of its own time. The creators of this work has made great efforts to check sources against each other, placed side-notes wherever sources clearly contradicted with the factual truth as came out of the many sources that were used to create this source edition. It was however considered to keep every valuable source in this book to show exactly that mentality which made the Early Modern Age what it was. Of course, the problem to create a balanced and complete insight in this period of time, we should have sources from those who were illiterate at this time: farmers, labourers and others who were on the bottom of the social hierarchy. Information about this part of the society is scarce, so it was required to use sources of clergy, educated burghers and noblemen, which are coloured by prejudices and mentality of these groups. Nonetheless the goal is to give a balanced and colourful image of this fascinating and determining age of mankind.
This reworked edition is illustrated by many maps and graphics.
Chapter 1:1399-1405: The First Steps