Pedro and Inês - A tragic love tale

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The love story of Pedro and Inês de Castro is a tragic tale that is considered one of the most famous love stories in Portuguese history.
Pedro was the heir to the Portuguese throne and Inês was a Galician noblewoman who served as a lady-in-waiting to Pedro's wife, Princess Constance.
Despite being married to Princess Constance, Pedro fell deeply in love with Inês and they began a secret affair.


When King Afonso, Pedro's father, discovered the affair, he was furious and banished Inês from Portugal.
However, Pedro was determined to be with his love and continued to meet with her in secret, even after Inês was sent to live in the castle of Santa Maria da Feira.


When Princess Constance dies in childbirth, Pedro the heir to the Crown intends to consolidate their romance, marrying Inês, with whom, according to tradition, he already had four children.

However, the happiness of Pedro and Inês was short-lived. King Afonso and his advisors continued to disagree with that union.
In 1355, they decided that Inês's presence represented a threat to the Portuguese royal lineage and decided to kill her.

In that year King Afonso IV's ordered her assassination. Inês was stabbed to death in front of her children, and her body was thrown into a nearby river.


Pedro was devastated by Inês's death and swore revenge on those who had murdered her.
The prince led a revolt against his father, starting a civil war in Portugal. In 1357, Pedro's father, King Afonso, died and Pedro became king of Portugal.
When he ascended the throne he went after the two murderers of his beloved and ripped out their hearts.

He eventually became known as "Peter the Cruel" due to his brutal revenge on Inês's killers.

Pedro also swore to make Inês queen of Portugal, even after her death.

The legend says that he had ordered the body to be exhumed and removed from the tomb.He placed (what was left) of Inês's body on the throne, crowned her Queen of Portugal (the country's first and only posthumous queen) and ordered all nobles to kneel and kiss the hands of the new, but dead, queen.
Pedro had Inês crowned, as he swore he had married her in secret, which made her a queen.

In 1360, several years after the murder, he dug up her decomposing body and took it in procession from Coimbra to Alcobaça, where she was royally buried, so that one day Pedro could rest forever beside her.

Pedro never remarried and when he died, he was buried next to Inês, as he had requested in his will.

The legend says that they are face-to-face, so the resurrected eternal lovers can immediately look eye to eye on Judgment’s day.

The tomb of Pedro and Inês can still be seen in the Monastery of Alcobaça, Portugal, and their love story has become a symbol of undying love in Portuguese culture.
 
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