- Infante Denis, Lord of Cifuentes
Infante Denis Lord of Villar-Dompardo
Lord of Cifuentes, Escalona y Alvar de Tormes
Spouse Joan of Castile, Lady of Cifuentes Issue Infante Fernando, Lord of Cifuentes
Infante Pedro, Lord of Colmenarejo
House House of Burgundy Father Peter I Mother Inês de Castro Born c. 1354
Coimbra, Kingdom of Portugal
Died c. 1397
Crown of Castile
Burial Guadalupe, Spain Religion Roman Catholicism
Infante Dinís of Portugal (Portuguese pronunciation: [diˈniʃ]; Archaic Portuguese: Diniz; English: Denis) (1354 – 1397) was the son of Portuguese King Peter I and a Castilian noblewoman named Inês de Castro who had arrived in Portugal as a maid of princess Constance of Castile, recently married to Pedro I (Heir Prince at the time).
Considering Denis an Infante of Portugal is a debatable subject. Some historians consider him a natural son of Peter I, so the title Infante of Portugal could never be attributed to him. Other opinions refer that after the death of Inês de Castro, ordered by Pedro's father King Afonso IV of Portugal, the Prince after inheriting the throne admitted that he had married Inês secretly, and because of that she was a lawful Queen of Portugal.
Of Inês de Castro Peter I had two sons and a daughter:
- (Infante) Afonso of Portugal (1346-1346)
- (Infanta) Beatrice of Portugal (1347–1381)
- (Infante) John of Portugal (1349–1387)
- (Infante) Denis of Portugal (1354–1397)
After the death of his mother Denis left Portugal to Castile with his brother but during the 1383-1385 Crisis he was one of the claimants to the throne along with Beatrice of Portugal (his niece), John, Master of Aviz (his half-brother) and John (his brother).
Although he managed to be acclaimed King in the city of Santarém his connections with Castile eventually lost him the throne and at the time of the Battle of Aljubarrota he was already out of the country like his brother John.
He married in 1372 Joan of Castile, 2nd? Lady of Cifuentes, born c. 1360, illegitimate daughter of Henry II of Castile by Juana, 1st? Lady of Cifuentes, born c. 1340, from whom he had two sons and a daughter:
- Infante Fernando de Portugal, 3rd? Lord of Cifuentes and Comendador of Oreja (born c. 1380), married firstly to María de Torres, 5th Lady of Villardompardo (1400 – Jaén), and had issue now extinct in male line, and married secondly to Aldara Osorio (born c. 1390), and had issue now extinct in male line
- Infante Pedro de Portugal, 1st Lord of Colmenarejo (born c. 1385), married to Isabel Enríquez (born c. 1390), and had issue now extinct in male line
- Infante Beatriz de Portugal (died aft. 1467), unmarried and without issue
He died in 1397.
Ancestors of Infante Denis, Lord of Cifuentes 16. Afonso III of Portugal 8. Denis of Portugal 17. Beatrice of Castile 4. Afonso IV of Portugal 18. Peter III of Aragon 9. Elizabeth of Aragon 19. Constance of Sicily 2. Peter I of Portugal 20. Alfonso X of Castile 10. Sancho IV of Castile 21. Violant of Aragon 5. Beatrice of Castile 22. Alfonso of Molina 11. María de Molina 23. Mayor Alonso de Meneses 1. Denis, Infante of Portugal 24. Esteban Fernandez de Castro 12. Fernando Rodríguez de Castro 25. Aldonça Rodrigues de Leão 6. Pedro Fernandes de Castro 26. Sancho IV of Castile 13. Violante Sanchez, Lady of Uzero 27. María Alfonso Téllez de Menezes 3. Inês de Castro 28. Soeiro Pais de Valadares 14. Lourenço Soares de Valadares 29. Estevainha Ponce de Baião 7. Aldonça Suárez de Valadares 30. Nuno Martins de Chacim 15. Sancha Nunes de Chacim 31. Teresa Nunes Queixada Infantes of Portugal 1st GenerationInfante Henrique • Sancho I • Infante João 2nd Generation 3rd Generation 4th Generation 5th GenerationInfante Afonso, Lord of Leiria • Afonso IV 6th GenerationInfante Afonso • Infante Dinis • Peter I • Infante João 7th Generation 8th Generation 9th Generation 10th Generation 11th GenerationAfonso, Prince of Portugal • Infante João • Miguel da Paz, Prince of Portugal and Asturias^ • John III • Infante Luís, 5th Duke of Beja • Infante Fernando, Duke of Guarda and Trancoso • Cardinal-Infante Afonso • Henry, The Cardinal-King • Infante Duarte, 4th Duke of Guimarães • Infante António • Infante Carlos 12th GenerationAfonso, Prince of Portugal • Manuel, Prince of Portugal • Filipe, Prince of Portugal • Infante Dinis • John Manuel, Prince of Portugal • Infante António 13th Generation 14th Generation 15th GenerationBalthasar Charles, Prince of Portugal and Asturias* • Infante Francisco Fernando* • Teodósio, 1st Prince of Brazil • Afonso VI • Peter II 16th GenerationJoão, 3rd Prince of Brazil • John V • Infante Francisco, 7th Duke of Beja • Infante António • Infante Manuel, Count of Ourém • 17th Generation 18th Generationnone 19th Generation 20th Generation 21st Generation 22nd Generation 23rd Generation 24th Generation^also an infante of Castile and León, Aragon, Sicily and Naples, *also an infante of Spain, **claimant infante, ^^only prince or infante by marriage House of Burgundy-Portugal Henry, Count of PortugalSpouse(s)ChildrenAfonso Henriques · Urraca Henriques, Countess of Trastámara · Sancha Henriques, Lady of Braganza de Langroiva and Noman · Teresa Henriques · Henrique HenriquesGrandchildren Afonso I of PortugalSpouse(s)ChildrenGrandchildren Sancho I of PortugalSpouse(s)ChildrenGrandchildren Afonso II of PortugalSpouse(s)Urraca of CastileChildrenGrandchildren Sancho II of PortugalSpouse(s)NotesSancho had no children; he was desposed in 1247 and died the following year. Afonso III of PortugalSpouse(s)Matilda II of Boulogne · Beatrice of CastileChildrenGrandchildren Denis of PortugalSpouse(s)Saint Elizabeth of AragonChildrenGrandchildren Afonso IV of PortugalSpouse(s)Beatrice of CastileChildrenGrandchildren Peter I of PortugalSpouse(s)ChildrenIllegitimate
Beatrice, titular Queen of Portugal · Infante Pedro · Infante Afonso · Infante Fernando, Lord of Eça* · Infanta Maria Brites, Countess of Valencia de Campos* · Infanta Isabel Brites, Countess of Cigales and Buelna* · Infanta Joana, Lady of Buendía* · Infante Fernando, Lord of Cifuentes* · Infante Pedro, Lord of Colmenarejo* · Infanta Beatrice*
Ferdinand I of PortugalSpouse(s)ChildrenBeatrice, titular Queen of Portugal · Infante Pedro · Infante AfonsoGrandchildrenMiguel, Crown Prince of Portugal**Notes: *the descendants of King Peter I and Ines de Castro's children
were recognized as legitimate and were Infantes and Infantas
**also an Infante of Castile
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