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sábado, 16 de abril de 2016

King Afonso V

Afonso V  (15 January 1432 – 28 August 1481), called "o Africano" (the African) was King of Portugal and the Algarves. His sobriquet refers to his conquests in Northern Africa. He was born in Sintra, the eldest son of King Edward of Portugal and his wife, Leonor of Aragon.


During the reign of his grandfather, João I, Ceuta had been conquered from the king of Morocco, and now the new king wanted to expand the conquests.

Siege of Arzila (Asilah) - Pastrana Tapestries - c.1475-1500
The king's army conquered Alcácer Ceguer (1458), Tangiers (won and lost several times between 1460 and 1464) and Arzila (1471).


 When the campaigns in Africa were over, Afonso V found new grounds for battle in neighbouring Castile. In 1474, King Henry IV of Castile died without a male heir. From his two marriages, only a daughter, Joana of Castile, had been born. But her paternity was questioned, and it was rumoured that the queen, Joana of Portugal, had an affair with a nobleman named Beltrán de La Cueva.


Her father's half-sister, the future Queen Isabella I of Castile, was due to inherit the crown, but Afonso V was persuaded to intervene in the succession. In 1475 he married his niece Jonna, whom he considered the legitimate heir to the crown. He proclaimed himself King of Castile and León and prepared to defend his wife's rights. 

Afonso V´s Royal Standard during the Castillian War of Succession: the Leon & Castille coat of arms was added to the Royal Portuguese flag.

 After the indecisive Battle of Toro in 1476 against King Ferdinand II of Aragon, the husband of Isabella I of Castile, he went to France to obtain the assistance of Louis XI, but finding himself deceived by the French monarch, he returned to Portugal in 1477. 


Afonso V´s personal "enterprise": a watermill, spreading silver waterdrops

Disillusioned, he abdicated in favour of his son, João II. After this, he retired to a monastery in Sintra where he died in 1481.

36 comentários:

  1. Magnifique mon ami, magnifique comme d'habitude!

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  2. Lovely looking painted figures - marvelous!

    cheers,

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    1. Thank you my friend, always happy to have your visit :D Cheers!

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  3. Now he is impressive! Another great job, but once again I just love your photography.

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    1. Thanks Michael :D I´m always so glad to receive your kind comments! Glad you liked it :D

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  4. Ciao , sei così bravo , e poi metti sempre davanti la storia . Sei un ottimo pittore mi basterebbe essere il 20% bravo come te .
    Complimenti i tuoi post sono sempre fantastici..
    Tanti saluti .
    Loris

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    1. Loris, amico mio, tu sei un vero Maestro!!! E' una grande gioia per me di ricevere un tale complimento da una persona cui lavoro stimo così tanto!!! Grazie, grazie! :D Tanti saluti!!

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  5. I always enjoy your superbly painted figures and the history behind them.

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    1. Thank you so much Gordon, I´m glad you enjoyed it :D Cheers!

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  6. Once again fantastic miniature! I'm big fan of yours history entries! A lot of facts are new for me:)

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    1. Thank you dear friend :D More to come in the next weeks!! ;) Cheers!

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  7. Fantastic figure! Excellent painted and also what a great presentation!

    Greetings
    Peter

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    1. Thank you very much Peter, I appreciate your feedback and am glad you liked this post :D Cheers!

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  8. Hola Amigo
    Que gran trabajo ,como siempre
    y con todo los extras
    Un Saludo

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    1. Muchas Gracias Amigo José Daniel! :D Es un placer tener tus visitas y siempre amables comentários :D Un saludo con amistad!

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    1. Grazie amico mio, sei molto gentile!!! Saluti!! :D

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  10. Completamente rendida! Magnífico trabalho!!

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    1. Muito Obrigado Ana - vou tentando fazer o melhor possível... ;) Beijinho!

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    1. Thanks Dez, I´m glad you like it and very much appreciate your feedback! :D Cheers!!

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    1. Thanks Piotr for your visit and kind comment! :D Cheers!

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  13. Hola compañero, felicidades por estas nuevas minis. Muy bien logrado el color de las armaduras. ¿Habrá infantería medieval?
    Un saludo

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    1. Hola Amigo Kike! Muchas Gracias, me agrada mucho que te gusten!! :D Si, por supuesto! :) Llegarán mas tarde porque vienen...caminando ;) Saludos!!!

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  14. Très bel ensemble de figurines avec une magnifique mise en peinture.
    J'apprecie tout particulièrement les bannières. Parabéns.

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    1. Merci beaucoup Welnin, vous êtes toujours très aimable :) Obrigado e até breve! :)

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  15. Приятно смотреть на хорошую работу. Браво.

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    1. I am very glad you liked it! Thank you for your visit and for joining the blog :D до свидания

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  16. Splendid Work,and great pictures including the wide screen one. A rare gem! Very good use of the background picture again. BB

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  17. Thanks Beano, glad you liked it! Cheers my friend! :D

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  18. Este post es fascinante, sigue así, amigo :D

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