God Bless - Padrão dos Descobrimentos Lisbon, Portugal

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Joined July 2012

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Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries) Lisbon, Belém – Portugal

Philippa of Lancaster, LG (31 March 1359 – 19 July 1415) was a Queen consort of Portugal. Born into the royal family of England, her 1387 marriage with King John I of Portugal secured the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance (1373-1386) and produced several famous children who became known as the “Illustrious Generation” in Portugal. She was the eldest daughter of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster, and Blanche of Lancaster, and a sister of King Henry IV of England.

John I of Portugal signed the remarkably long-lasting Portuguese-British Alliance, which continued through the Napoleonic Wars and ensured Portugal’s tenuous neutrality in World War II.

Philippa and King John’s union was praised for establishing purity and virtue in a court that was regarded as particularly corrupt. Philippa is remembered as the mother of “The Illustrious Generation” (Portuguese: Ínclita Geração). Her surviving children went on to make historically significant contributions in their own right. Duarte of Portugal became the eleventh King of Portugal, and was known as, “The Philosopher,” or the “Eloquent.” Henrique, or Henry the Navigator, sponsored expeditions to Africa. (Source: Wikipedia) [link]

©2012 – Nelson Santos

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