Surprise Heirs: Illegitimacy, Patrimonial Rights, and Legal Nationalism in Luso-Brazilian Inheritance, 1750-1821 - Vol. 1

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SURPRISE HEIRS
Volume 1
Illegitimacy, Patrimonial Rights, and Legal Nationalism
in Luso-Brazilian Inheritance, 1750–1821

Today, no one can ignore how much direito pátrio, or its study, is
altered from what it was. The laws of the last two monarchies
and the new form given to the Law Faculty of Coimbra Univer
sity, thanks to His Majesty, D. José, will produce a revolution
among us.

Antonio Joaquim Antonio de Gouvêa Pinto, 1813

Legislation and jurisprudence took a new direction. The laws
acquired a vainglorious air, their language devoid of meaning
and convoluted by irrelevancies. What was singular was that
Roman law, which had been the vehicle for transporting the
absolutist regime for centuries, was, with notable ingratitude,
pronounced ruinous.

Candido Mendes de Almeida, 1870

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