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Exploring Vincent de Paul's Mediterranean: Western Europe and the Barbary Coast, 1580-1760


During the lifetime of St. Vincent de Paul (1581-1660), and the century following his death, the Mediterranean Sea operated as a theater of conflict, commerce, and cultural intercourse. It acted as both contested and connective tissues between Europe and the North African Barbary Coast.

The Sea was the context and structure, enabler and constraint, for Vincent de Paul’s France, its geopolitical actions, its mercantile ambitions, and its relationship with North Africa.