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The Wreck of CataloniaCivil War in the Fifteenth Century$
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Alan Ryder

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199207367

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207367.001.0001

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The Portuguese Saviour

The Portuguese Saviour

(p.151) 14 The Portuguese Saviour
The Wreck of Catalonia

Alan Ryder

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Catalan's Portuguese saviour, Pedro. In late November 1462, Pedro arrived in Barcelona, a Portuguese lawyer bearing a message from Dom Pedro, constable of Portugal. His father, the Infante Pedro, had married Isabel, daughter of that other Catalan icon, Jaume of Urgell, defeated by the Trastámar Fernando in his bid for the Aragonese throne at Caspe and in his subsequent rebellion. With these impeccable credentials Pedro declared himself a candidate for the vacant throne. He was then told that Enrique of Castile, who had a better claim, had already filled it, and ‘but should need arise we shall make use of your lordship’. No one among the rebels could then have dreamt that within a year they would spontaneously be begging him to take the crown.

Keywords:   Catalonia, Juan, Castile, France, Pedro, Portuguese

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