Portuguese people and events during the European Middle Ages.

John I of Portugal: The Illegitimate King

John I of Portugal was born on April 11, 1357, to King Peter I and his mistress, Teresa Lourenco. As an illegitimate son, John wasn’t intended to inherit the throne. Instead, Peter appointed the 6-year-old as the master of the Order of Aviz, a military organization. In 1367, Peter died, and his legitimate son, Ferdinand I, succeeded him. During his […]