Happy Monday! We really hope you had a chance to enjoy the last sunny days! We say welcome August but it doesn’t mean that summer is over. Important is that you keep your the warmness in your heart.
After introducing you lovely Spain last week we are delighted to have a closer look ar Portugal not only a country with a rich history but also very romantic…
We are delighted to start the first August week with a Portuguese Love Story-
Ines de Castro and King Pedro
This true story that happened long before Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet. A story of love – tragedy – and of a haunting. Could this have been Shakespeare’s inspiration?
Prince Pedro, the son of King Afonso IV was the heir to the Portuguese throne. When he was 19 his father had him marry Constança of Castile (Spain) in order to build an alliance in 1340.
Ines de Castro, a daughter of a nobleman from Castile, was a lady-in-waiting to Princess Constance. Ines was a radiant beauty who stole Pedro’s heart and they quickly fell madly in love.
Legend even says that Pedro would send his love letters through channel named
“Fonte dos Amores” a pipe that carried water from the estate of Quinta do Pombal to the Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha, where Ines lived only less than half a mile away. According to the legend, if two people in love simultaneously drink the water as it pours from one channel to a lower one called “Pipe of Love” their love will be everlasting.
The affair caused great conflict between the two countries which made King Afonso . The Queen tried to end the affair by making Ines Godmother to her children but to no avail. King Afonso was furious at their affair so he banished Inês from Court and sent her back to Castile in 1344. However, the distance between them did not end their love for one another. Pedro’s passion could not be subdued and he would often visit Ines in Castile.
In 1349 Princess Constance died. Dom Pedro brought Ines back to Portugal and settled her in Coimbra, where they would live together openly. The lovers were closer than ever, and they went on to have four children.
Pedro wanted to marry Ines to make her the lawful Queen but his father opposed it because he feared that Ines’s children would claim the throne one day rather than the legitimate children born by Princess Constance.
The King wanted to end the relationship so when Pedro was away he decided the only way to end the relationship was to kill Ines. On Jan 7, 1355, the king sent three of his courtiers – Pêro Coelho, Álvaro Gonçalves, and Diogo Lopes Pacheco – to Coimbra, to end her life.
The assassination took place in Santa Clara-a-Velha but the myth associates Inês’ tragedy with the Quinta das Lágrimas. It is believed that her blood still stains the red stone-bed of the natural spring on this estate which irrigates the estate’s farmland through channels. Thin grasses sway the water, representing Inês’ hair. This is said to be where Ines shed her last tears at the hands of the assassins thus giving the spring its name.
Legend say’s Ines’s spirit still haunts the ground of the estate and you can see her blood stains embedded into the stones of the fountain.
Pedro’s love for Inês lived on after her death. He waged war against his father for having killed her thus creating a Civil war in the country for two years until the Queen, Pedro’s mother arranged a truce between the father and Son. However, Pedro never forgave his father and when he became king in 1357 after his father died, Pedro exhumed Ines’s body from the Monastery of Santa Clara of Coimbra, built her a royal tomb, and crowned as queen, claiming that they had married in secret before she died.
The legend says that after forcing the members of his court to kiss her decomposing hand and swear allegiance to their new queen, Pedro tracked down her assassins and killed them, ripping out their hearts with his bare hands.
To ensure they would be together in the afterlife, Pedro installed Inês’ body in the monastery of Alcobaça and had his own sarcophagus placed at the foot of hers.
It may happen that someone may disagree with your choice when it seems like you found the one and only for a lifetime. LoveStory People strongly believe that it is always important to listen to your heart and follow your true feelings.
Like Swami Vivekanand told us once
“You are the creator of your destiny.”