African Cosmopolitanism In The Early Modern Mediterranean: The Diasporic Life Of Yohannes, The Ethiopian Pilgrim Who Became A Counter-reformation Bishop

African Cosmopolitanism In The Early Modern Mediterranean: The Diasporic Life Of Yohannes, The Ethiopian Pilgrim Who Became A Counter-reformation Bishop

Author: 
Salvadore, Matteo
Publisher: 
Cambridge University Press
Date published: 
2017
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Journal of African History
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The Journal of African History, Vol. 58, No. 1, March 2017, pp. 61-83
Abstract: 

The article chronicles the diasporic life of the Cyprus-born Ethiopian priest Yo ann s (1509-65), who, after traveling far and wide across Europe and to Portuguese India, eventually settled in Rome and served the papacy for over two decades. Rare language skills and a cosmopolitan coming of age enabled his remarkable ecclesiastical career as an agent of the Counter-Reformation. Shortly before an untimely death, Yo ann s became the second black bishop and the first black nuncio in the history of the Roman Church, rare appointments that would not be accessible to black Africans again until the 20th century. His unique experience represents a significant addition to the available historiography on blacks in early modern Europe and calls into question some commonly held assumptions in African diaspora studies.

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CITATION: Salvadore, Matteo. African Cosmopolitanism In The Early Modern Mediterranean: The Diasporic Life Of Yohannes, The Ethiopian Pilgrim Who Became A Counter-reformation Bishop . : Cambridge University Press , 2017. The Journal of African History, Vol. 58, No. 1, March 2017, pp. 61-83 - Available at: http://library.au.int/african-cosmopolitanism-early-modern-mediterranean-diasporic-life-yohannes-ethiopian-pilgrim-who