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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Oct 2018 10:11 p.m. PST

"From 1383 until 1385, Portugal found itself in the midst of a period known as the Portuguese interregnum during which there was no reigning legitimate monarch following the death of King Fernando I who was in power from 1367 to 1383. There were several factors leading up to this crisis. After a series of unsuccessful conflicts with the kingdom of Castile, Fernando married his daughter and heir Beatriz to Juan I of Castile. This agreement called for the oldest child of this match to inherit the Portuguese crown with Fernando's wife Leonor Teles to act as regent.

The marriage of Beatriz to the Castilian king caused alarm among the nobility of Portugal as it brought the specter of Castilian rule, a prospect they did not find appealing. When Fernando died in 1383, Beatriz had no children and so Portugal was under the regency of his widow. Leonor surrounded herself with an inner circle of supporters by supplying them with gifts, estates, positions of high office and advantageous marriages. One of these supporters was the Galician João Fernandes Andeiro, Count of Ourém. Andeiro had worked for King Fernando as an ambassador to England for several years and was allegedly Leonor's lover…."
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