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This e-book situates the altering patrimonial rights of illegitimate offspring in Brazil inside a process of Luso-Brazilian heirship that operated in the course of the ultimate part century of Portuguese colonial rule. in addition to providing the 1st designated rationalization of ways the foundations of inheritance utilized to humans born outdoors wedlock, the book’s specialize in illegitimacy and patrimony offers a brand new standpoint for assessing how relations formation figured largely in overdue colonial Brazil’s social evolution.

Innovatively integrating felony background with contemporary examine at the post-1750 background of the relatives in Brazil, the ebook unearths the importance of commonplace marriage and consensual cohabitation, clerical concubinage, hid paternity, and foundling wheels for Latin American social association. via reformulating the non-public legislation of kinfolk and inheritance, Portuguese criminal nationalism reworked the juridical that means of bastardy and expected the emergence of the “surprise heir,” who figured so prominently in imperial Brazil’s court docket dramas and novels.

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