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Denis of Portugal

Diniz the Farmer, King of Portugal was the son of Afonso III[?], and was a notably peace-loving monarch during a tempestuous time in European history. He signed a border pact with Ferdinand IV of Castile (1297) which has endured to the present day. In Diniz's reign the University of Coimbra[?] was also founded. Known as the "Farmer" for his policy of redevelopment and promotion of infrastructure, Diniz effectively founded the Portuguese navy under command of a Genoese admiral; encouraged forestisation policies; granted numerous municipal charters and promulgated the nucleus of a Portuguese law code. At the time of Diniz's death in 1319 he had placed Portugal on an equal par with the other Iberian Kingdoms

Preceded by:
Afonso III
List of Portuguese monarchs Succeeded by:
D. Afonso IV

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