500rs King Carlos I
    Portugal (silver), 1898

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Pedro I (1357-1367)

Pedro I of Portugal, eighth king of Portugal (in English, Peter I), known as the Cruel or as the Lawful (Port. o Justiceiro), was born in April 8, 1320 and died in January 18, 1367. He was the son of Afonso IV of Portugal by his wife, princess Beatrice of Castile. Pedro I succeeded his father in 1357.

Pedro is chiefly known for his love of Inęs de Castro, the Castilian maidservant that his father had killed in 1355. Pedro certainly led at least two revolts against his father before acceeding to the throne. Once he was king he announced that he had married Inęs de Castro in secret and that she, despite dead, was Queen of Portugal. This fact is based only in the king's word.

As King, Pedro was a surprising success. Although he brutally murdered the killers of Inęs de Castro, he also persecuted felons of all classes, and instituted reforms to free the Portuguese Crown and Church from Papal intervention. His wife, Constanza, had been a Castilian princess, and it was for this reason, Pedro joined an Aragonese invasion of Castile-Leon.
 
   

Pedro I (1357 - 1367)

Dinheiro. Obverse: P REX PORTVGL. Reverse: AL GA RB II.

 

 

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