Francisco de Mendonça Jr.

francisco-225x300Francisco de Paula Souza de Mendonça Júnior is a Brazilian historian, very interested in magic in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, and the ways that it connect with political discourses. In his masters he studied the Steganographia, of abbot Johannes Trithemius (1462-1516), and its efforts for the construction of a tool for the secret communication of Princeps’ interests, using magical ways. Now, on the doctorate, he is looking for the same efforts in another opus of Trithemius (Polygraphia) and on the opus of Giambattista della Porta (1535-1615) (De magia Naturalis and De Furtivis Literarum Notis), an Italian Renaissance man who needs no comments. Francisco de Paula Souza de Mendonça Júnior is always open for the academic interlocution about themes as Middle Ages, Renaissance, Religion, Magic and its political connections. Besides being a historian, he also has some approach with anthropology, specifically that efforts to deal with religion and its questions.

Francisco de Paula Souza de Mendonça Júnior has graduated in History at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil, where he also did his master and is currently doing his doctorate, linked to research line of History and Political Cultures. Both master’s and doctorate has the guidance of Professor PhD Adriana Vidotte. He is member of Abrem (Associação Brasileira de Estudos Medievais), ESSWE (European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism) and Leme (Laboratório de Estudos Medievais).

His last works are the publication of the paper Partícipes do segredo: o encontro do magus e do secretarium nas transformações do regimen medieval at the Brazilian journal Chrônidas, and the organization of the dossier Sacrum et profanum: As relações entre o sagrado e profano no âmbito da experiência humana, for the brazilian journal Veredas da História, both of them forthcoming.

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