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 Fernão “The Beautiful” of Portugal, I

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Fernão “The Beautiful” of Portugal, I

  • Birth 31 Oct 1345
  • Death 22 Oct 1383
  • Burial Santarem, Castro Daire Municipality, Viseu, Portugal
  • Memorial ID 10698260

Portugese Monarch. He reigned as King of Portugal from 1367 to 1383. He was the son and legal heir of King Pedro I and his queen Constance of Castile. On the death of king Pedro the Cruel of Castile in 1369, Dom Fernão, as great grandson of king Sancho IV of Castile, ladi claim to the vacant throne in the neighbouring country, for which the kings of Aragon and Navarra and later the Duke of Lancaster, John of Gaunt, also became competitors.Meanwhile Enrique de Trastemara, illigitimate brother and conqueror of Pedro, had assumed the crown. Peace was settled by the mediation of pope Gergory XI with a treaty, ratified in 1371. This treaty included a marriage between Dom Fernão and the princess Leonora of Castile. But before the union could take place, Dom Fernão had become passionately attached to Leonor Telles de Menezes, the wife of one of his courtiers. After the dissolution of that marriage, he lost no time in making her his queen. This strange conduct of course meant war with Castile, a war that ended in Bajadoz in 1382, which resolved in a new union between the crowns of Portugal and Castile, as it was decided, that Fernão's og Leonor's daughter Beatrice should marry the future king Juan I of Castile.Dom Fernão I left no male heir when he died on October 22nd, 1383, and the direct Burgundian line, which had been in possession of the throne sonce the days of Count Henrique the Founder (1112), became extinct. His half-brother, the illegitimate son of king Pedro I, Dom João ascended the throne as king João I, founder of the Royal House of Aviz in 1385.

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  • Originally Created by: Benny Chordt Hansen
  • Added: 28 Mar 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10698260
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Fernão “The Beautiful” of Portugal, I (31 Oct 1345–22 Oct 1383), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10698260, citing Convento de São Francisco, Santarem, Castro Daire Municipality, Viseu, Portugal ; Maintained by Find A Grave .