CASTANHEDA, Fernão Lopes de. Santarem c. 1500 — Coimbra 23.3. or 6.6.1559. Portuguese Historian of Colonial India. Illegitimate son of Lopo Fernandez de C., eoyal officer of an old family. Himself in India in 1528-38 and collected much material for his planned book. Back in Portugal lived in Coimbra as a bedel of the university. As some members of nobility were irritated with his objective style caused Queen Catarina to prevent the publication of the two last volumes (9-10).
Publications: Historia do descobrimento e conquista da India pelos Portuguezes. 1-6. Coimbra 1551-54, 7-8 posthumously published 1561, soon translated into French, Spanish, Italia, and English.
Sources: Gr. Enc. Port. e Bras. 6; Wikipedia (more in Portuguese version).