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The Death Of João II And The Accession Of Manuel I

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The brief period extending from the arrival of the Jewish refugees from Castile in 1492 to the promulgation of the Portuguese expulsion edict in December 1496 witnessed important political developments in Portugal, not least the death of João II and the accession of Manuel I to the throne in October 1495. The chapter demonstrates that the new monarch had two very different aims and ambitions in the first years of his reign: his eagerness to finance a voyage of exploration to India and his obsession with the launch of a new crusade against the Muslims in Morocco. Jaime, the heir to the Dukedom of Bragança, was granted the vast estates that had belonged to his father. The chapter also carefully analyses the negotiations that took place between Spain and Portugal over the marriage of Manuel to a Spanish Princess.

Keywords: Castile; Dukedom of Bragança; king João II; Manuel I; marriage negotiation; Muslim minority; naval expedition; Portuguese expulsion; princess Isabel



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