Jahangir And The Jesuits

Jahangir And The Jesuits

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Item Code: IGB17
Author: Father Fernao Guerreiro, S.J.& Trans By. C. H. Payne
Publisher: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 1997
ISBN: 8121507693
Pages: 317 (Maps: 5)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.8" X 5.8"
Weight 530 gm

About the Book

The first part of the present work given an account of the Jesuit Missions to the court of Jahangir. Part two and three contain the accounts of Benedict Goes, and of the Portuguese occupation of Pegu.

All three part are based almost exclusively on the Relations of Father Fernao Gurreiro, which constitutes a complete history of the missionary undertakings of the Society of Jesus in the east Indies, China, Japan, and Africa, during the first nine years of the seventeenth century. The work was compiled from the annual letters and reports sent to Europe from the various missionary centres as Jesuit Fathers did not profess to write history.

 

Preface

IN an earlier volume of this series (Akbar and the Jesuits) I gave an account of the Jesuit Missions to the court of Akbar, translated from the Histoire of Father Pierre du Jarric. It was my intention to let the same author tell the story of the Jesuits at the court of Jahangir; but as the third Part of the Histoire, in which the period in question is dealt with, is based almost exclusively on the Relations of Father Fernao Guerreiro, it seemed better to translate the latter work, and thereby get a step nearer to the original letters. I made the choice with some regret; for though du Jarric did not hesitate to abridge his authorities, at times somewhat drastically, he is a more polished and, on the whole, a more engaging writer than Guerreiro.

Parts II and III contain Guerreiro's accounts of the travels of Benedict Goes, and of the Portuguese occupation of Pegu. All three Parts belong to the first decade of the seventeenth century, and each adds something of value to our knowledge of that period. As I have said elsewhere, the Jesuit Fathers did not profess to write history. But though their letters tell us little of the political happenings of the time, they light up the picture as a whole, and we see detail where before only outline was visible.

In the text I have allowed Guerreiro to have his own way with the spelling of proper names. In this respect he was nothing if not inconsistent; or perhaps he had a passion for variety. Father Ricci's name is spelt in four different ways in a single chapter.

The portrait of Jahangir, which forms the frontis-piece, is from a miniature in the possession of the British Museum, The portrait, which is unsigned, was probably painted in the early part of the seventeenth century, and is a particularly fine example of the Mogul art of the period.

My grateful acknowledgments are due to Sir E. D. Maclagan for the help he has given me in the preparation of this volume, which owes much to his expert knowledge of the Mogul period and of the Jesuit writings. I am also indebted for valuable information and suggestions to Mr. J. P. Hardiman, formerly Commissioner of Tenasserim, who has been kind enough to read through the proofs of Part III. Of the numerous authorities quoted or referred to in the notes, I have specially to acknowledge the assistance I have received from the writings of the Rev. H. Hosten, S.J., and the works of Col. Sir Henry Yule. Lastly I have to express my gratitude to my wife, who has drawn the sketch maps for Parts II and III, and whose advice throughout has been of great value.

 

CONTENTS

 

Introduction xiii
PART I- JAHANGIR AND THE JESUITS

CHAPTER ONE

The rebellion of the Prince against his father, and the consequence thereof

 

3
CHAPTER TWO
How the King began his reign. He compels two Christian children to become Moors

 

13
CHAPTER THREE
Some converts to the Faith

 

24
CHAPTER FOUR
Some events of the year 1607

 

32
CHAPTER FIVE
The Fathers accompany the King to Agra

 

43
CHAPTER SIX
The Father dispute with the Moors before the King

 

49
CHAPTER SEVEN
A dispute on the divinity of Chrift

 

58
CHAPTER EIGHT
The King's Reverence for Jesus Chrift

 

63
CHAPTER NINE
The King sends an embassy to Goa

 

77
Notes To Part I

 

88

 

PART II. - THE TRAVELS OF BENEDICT GOES

 

CHAPTER ONE
Introductory

 

119
CHAPTER TWO
Lahor to Yarkand

 

126
CHAPTER THREE
At Yarkand

 

135
CHAPTER FOUR
Yarkand to Suchou

 

150
Notes To Part II

 

163
PART III. THE MISSION TO PEGU

 

CHAPTER ONE
The Ruins of Pegu

 

185
CHAPTER TWO
Philip de Brito establish himself at Syriam

 

194
CHAPTER THREE
The reasons for holding the ports of Bengala

 

201
CHAPTER FOUR
Defeat of Arakanese Armada

 

207
CHAPTER FIVE
In which a treaty is made and brokne

 

216
CHAPTER SIX
The Battle of Negrais

 

224
CHAPTER SEVEN
The Siege of Syriam

 

231
CHAPTER EIGHT
The fortress captured

 

241
Notes To Part III

 

252
Appendix

 

277
Index

 

279

 

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