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Sermam, que pregou o P. Antonio Vieira da Companhia de Iesus na misericordia da Bahia de todos os santos em dia da visitação de Nossa Senhora Orago da Casa : assistindo o Marques de Montaluão Visorrey duquelle estado do Brasil, & foy primeiro, que ouuio naquella prouincia

António Vieira. Sermam, que pregou o P. Antonio Vieira da Companhia de Iesvs na misericordia da Bahia de todos os Santos em dia da Visitação de Nossa Senhora Orago da Casa : assistindo o Marqves de Montaluão Visorrey daquelle estado do Brasil, & foy o primeiro, que ouuio naquella Prouincia.  Lisbon: Domingos Lopes Rosa, 1646. [Sermon preached by Father António Vieira of the Society of Jesus in the almshouse of Bahia de Todos os Santos on the visitation of Our Lady of Mercy: in attendance was the Marquis of Montalvão, Viceroy of that state of Brazil and was the first that he heard in that province.]

Born in Lisbon, António Vieira received a Jesuit education in Brazil and returned to Portugal at the behest of Montalvão following the acclamation of Dom João IV at the end of the (Spanish-controlled) dual monarchy in 1640. A talented linguist with exceptional skill at the pulpit, Vieira became the King’s royal preacher and a diplomatic force. Following the death of João IV, he returned to Brazil to continue his mission of converting the Indians and African slaves. He is regarded as the best Portuguese prose writer of his day.