Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900

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Mestre Afonso
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Very little is known about Mestre Afonso’s life other than what we can gather from his own travel account. He served as a physician in India during the governorships of Francisco Coutinho, count of Redondo (1561-4), and his interim successor João de Mendonça. Although he does not give any details about his professional career in the East, the title of his narrative describes his position as solurgião-mor (‘master-surgeon’), which hint…

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Resende, Vasco, “Mestre Afonso”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 18 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2015

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