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Peter I of Portugal

Peter I of Portugal, also known as Pedro the Just or Pedro the Cruel, was the son of Alfonso IV and King of Portugal. Pedro was chiefly known for his love of Ines de Castro[?], the Hispanic maidservant that his father had killed around 1348. Pedro certainly led at least two revolts againat his father before acceeding to the throne in 1357.

As King, Pedro was a surprising success. True he brutally murdered the killers of Ines de Castro, but 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.

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



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