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InÍs de Castro (died January 7 1355) was a Castilian noblewoman, daughter of Pedro Fernandez de Castro.

InÍs came to Portugal in 1340 as a maid of princess Constance of Castile, recently married to prince Peter, the heir to the throne. The prince fell in love with her and started to neglect his lawful wife, endangering the already feeble relations with Castile. Moreover, Peter love for InÍs brought the exiled Castilian nobility very close to power: InÍs's brothers became the princeís friends and trusted advisors. King Afonso IV of Portugal, Peterís father, disliked InÍs's influence on his son and waited patiently for the "affair" to wear out. Unfortunately for the relations between the two, it didnít. InÍs and Peter kept seeing each other despite royal disapproval.

In 1349, Constance of Castile died. Afonso IV tried several times to remarry his son, but Peter refused to take a wife other than InÍs—an unacceptable queen. Meanwhile, Peterís legitimate son (future king Fernando of Portugal) was a frail child, whereas InÍs's bastards were thriving. This created even more discomfort among the Portuguese nobles, who were frightened of the increasing Castilian influence over Peter. Afonso IV banished InÍs from the court after Constance's death, but Peter remained with her. After several attempts of keeping the lovers apart, Afonso IV ordered InÍs's death. Pero Coelho, Alvaro GonÁalves and Diogo Pacheco went to the Monastery of Santa Clara in Coimbra, where InÍs was detained, and killed her. InÍs's death did not bring Peter closer to his father; following his loverís death, he rebelled against Afonso IV and dragged the country to a civil war.

Peter became king of Portugal in 1357. He then revealed to the country that he had secretly married InÍs and that she was the lawful queen of Portugal. The king's word was, and still is, the only proof of the marriage, but Peter took InÍs's body from the grave and forced the entire court to swear allegiance to her as queen.

InÍs de Castroís life is immortalized in several plays and poems in Portuguese and Spanish language, including The LusŪadas by CaműÍs de Castro pt:InÍs de Castro


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