Portugal and Its People; A History

Portugal and Its People; A History

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ... throne of Portugal in more ways than one. The first duke of the long line was a son of the Grand Commander, founder of the house of Avis; and another, it may not have been forgotten, was husband of the Princess Catherine, grand-daughter of Emmanuel, first monarch of the Beja family, and in her name claimed the crown. The wealth of the Dukes of Braganza was, for those days, enormous. As territorial magnates there were none who came within a long distance of them, the sum of their acres being about equal to one-third of the land in Portugal. At the time when the nation stood on the threshold of revolt against the Spanish dynasty, the holder of the Braganza title was the grandson of the above-mentioned Princess Catherine. His father and grandfather fretted without ceasing under the necessity of foregoing the distinction to which they considered themselves entitled, and probably shortened their lives by indulging their feelings of mortification. But their successor, though he hated the Spaniards like a true Portuguese, little "vexed his bosom" about the crown. The excitement of the hunting field, the pleasures of society filled his cup. If he had ambition he kept it very much to himself. The Spanish government apprehended no danger from his own motion. But the whole nation was for him, and it seemed extremely desirable to those who supported the existing government that the downfall or exile of the duke should be somehow procured. Spain happened just then to be involved in war with France, and the Duke of Braganza was appointed inspector-general of Portuguese harbours and fortifications. He was also to board Spanish-Portuguese ships of war which should enter the harbours of Portugal, and ascertain their seaworthiness and fighting...show more

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  • Paperback | 106 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 204g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236842278
  • 9781236842275