Tagged with Portugese history

Tragic Fiancee

This is a really sad and horrific story, about the Cornish merchant John James Stephens in Lisbon, who fell in love at the age of 53. He left his home to tell his brother the happy news, but was met with tragedy on his return. This is from Glass, by Jenifer Roberts: “During his absence,” … Continue reading

English in Portugal

The Stephens family who dominated the glass and lime making industries in Portugal after the great earthquake/tsunami were also concerned with the welfare of their workers, especially William, who established and ran the glass factory at Marinha Grande. He was about 30 years ahead of his homeland. This is from Glass, by Jenifer Roberts: “In … Continue reading

Lisbon Earthquake, 1755

Halloween has become a holiday based upon the celebration of All Saint’s Day, 1 November, which was established to make church services manageable. For many centuries, people had left money in their wills to say prayers for their souls on the anniversary of the day that they died, but these prayers became so numerous and … Continue reading

Making the Portugese Piggy in the Middle

Making the Portugese Piggy in the Middle

Following the execution of King Charles for treason, the king’s nephew Prince Rupert  became Lord High Admiral even though he was a soldier. He led a poorly equipped fleet crewed by English cavaliers and Irish adventurers but he had no safe port, so took to piracy. He sent Sir Arnold Delisle to the king of … Continue reading

Plantagenets go to Portugal

Plantagenets go to Portugal

John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster, and fourth son of Edward III claimed to be the King of Castille, partly due to his second wife ex-Infanta Constance, eldest daughter of the late King Pedro the Cruel of Castille.  His belief was of course supported by the English but he had to convince the Castillians, … Continue reading