João III

João III

Birth
Lisbon, Lisboa Municipality, Lisboa, Portugal
Death 11 Jun 1557 (aged 55)
Lisbon, Lisboa Municipality, Lisboa, Portugal
Burial Lisbon, Lisboa Municipality, Lisboa, Portugal
Memorial ID 9705538 · View Source
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King of Portugal 1521-1557. Born in Lisbon, he was the son of king Manõel I and his queen Maria of Aragon, princess of Spain (daughter of king Juan II of Aragon and queen Isabella I "the Catholic" of Castille).João III succeeded to the crown at a time, when Portugal was at the height of it's political power, and Lisbon in a position of commercial importance previously unknown. The Asian possessions were extended by further conquest, and systemati colonization of Brazil had begun. João III, unfortunately for his dominions, became subservient to the clerical party among his subjects and the Inquisition was introduced in 1536. The consequences were disasterous to the commercial and social prosperity of his kingdom. Portugal was falling into the stagnation that characterized the reign of king Sebastião I, who succeeded him.João III married Catarina Habsburg, princess of Spain. She was the daughter of king Felipe I Habsburg of Spain and queen Juana I la Loca of Spain (sister of João III's mother). Among their 9 children were Dom Jõão (1537-1554), crownprince of Portugal and father of king Sebastião I. A daughter was Maria (1527-1545), married to king Felipe II of Spain.King João III died of apoplexy in Lisbon 1557.

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  • Originally Created by: Benny Chordt Hansen
  • Added: 24 Oct 2004
  • Find a Grave Memorial 9705538
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for João III (6 Jun 1502–11 Jun 1557), Find a Grave Memorial no. 9705538, citing Monastery of Jeronimos, Lisbon, Lisboa Municipality, Lisboa, Portugal ; Maintained by Find A Grave .