Francisco Manoel de Nascimento

On this date in 1734, Portuguese poet and heretical priest Francisco Manoel de Nascimento was born. Becoming deistic, he translated Moliere‘s anti-clerical “Tartuffe” (1778), which provoked the Portuguese Inquisition under the repressive reign of Dona Maria I to order his arrest. Nascimento fled Portugal. In exile he wrote satires and poems under the pen name Filinto Elísio. D. 1819.

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