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Peter II of Portugal

Peter II
Engraving of King Peter II;
Christopher Elias Heiss, c. 1683-1703.
King of Portugal and the Algarves
Reign 12 September 1683 –
9 December 1706
Inauguration 27 January 1668
Predecessor Afonso VI
Successor John V
Born 26 April 1648
Ribeira Palace, Lisbon
Died 9 December 1706 (aged 58)
Alcântara, Lisbon
Burial Pantheon of the Braganzas, Lisbon
Spouse Maria Francisca of Nemours
Maria Sofia of Neuburg
House House of Braganza
Father John IV of Portugal
Mother Luisa de Guzmán
Religion Roman Catholicism

Dom Peter II (Portuguese: Pedro II Portuguese pronunciation:  (26 April 1648 – 9 December 1706) was Regent (1668–83) and King of Portugal and the Algarves (1683–1706).[1] He was sometimes known as o Pacífico, "the Peaceful".


  • Early life 1
  • King 2
  • Marriage 3
  • Ancestry 4
  • Marriages and descendants 5
  • References 6
  • Bibliography 7
  • External links 8

Early life

He was the youngest son of John IV and was created Duke of Beja. Following his father's death his mother became regent for the new king Afonso VI, Peter's elder, partially paralysed and mentally unstable brother. In 1662 Afonso put away his mother and assumed control of the state. In January 1668, shortly before Spanish recognition of Portugal's restoration of independence, Peter acquired political ascendancy over his brother and was appointed regent, banishing Afonso to the Azores and, later, Sintra where he died in 1683. Peter thereupon inherited the throne. Around this time, the discovery of gold mines in the Portuguese colony of Brazil enlarged Peter's treasury to the extent that he was able to dismiss the Cortes in 1697 and rule without its revenue grants for the rest of his reign.

He was tall, well proportioned, with dark eyes and dark hair.[2]


Peter initially supported France and Spain in the War of Spanish Succession (1701–1714), but on 16 May 1703, Portugal and Great Britain signed the Methuen Treaty. This trade accord granted mutual commercial privileges for Portuguese wine and English textile traders and would later give Britain significant influence in the Portuguese economy. This was followed in December 1703 by a military alliance between Portugal, Austria and Great Britain for an invasion of Spain. Portuguese and Allied forces, under the command of the Marquês das Minas, captured Madrid in 1706, during the campaign which ended in the Allied defeat at Almansa.


The Marriage Cortége of Peter and Maria Francisca; Jan Luyken, 1698.

Peter not only inherited his brother's throne but also wed his widow, Queen Marie-Françoise of Savoy (1646–1683). They had one daughter, Isabel Luísa, Princess of Beira (1669–90), heiress-presumptive a.k.a. a Sempre-Noiva ("the ever-engaged"), because of the many marriage projects intended for her that never came to fruition. The Queen died at the end of 1683, 14 years after Isabel's birth.

Peter's second wife was Maria Sophia (1666–1699), daughter of Phillip Wilhelm, Count Palatine of Neuburg. Among Sophia's sisters were Eleonor Madeleine, third wife of Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor, and Maria Anna, second wife of Charles II of Spain.

The couple had eight children, including the younger John, who succeeded his father in 1706 as King John V of Portugal.


Marriages and descendants

Name Birth Death Notes
By Marie-Françoise of Savoy-Nemours (1646–1683; married 2 April 1668)
Infanta Isabel Luísa of Portugal 6 January 1669 21 October 1690 2nd Princess of Beira
By Maria Sophia of Neuburg (6 August 1666 – 4 August 1699; married in 1687)
João, Prince of Brazil 30 August 1688 17 September 1688 Prince of Brazil and 12th Duke of Braganza
John V of Portugal 22 October 1689 31 July 1750 Prince of Brazil from 1697; succeeded Peter as King of Portugal
Infante Francisco of Portugal 25 May 1691 21 July 1742 Duke of Beja
Infante António of Portugal 15 March 1695 20 October 1757  
Infanta Teresa Maria of Portugal 24 February 1696 16 February 1704  
Infante Manuel of Portugal 3 August 1697 3 August 1766 Count of Ourém.
Infanta Francisca Josefa of Portugal 30 January 1699 15 July 1736  
By Maria da Cruz Mascarenhas (c. 1655-?)
Luísa de Braganza 9 January 1679 23 December 1732 Natural daughter; Duchess of Cadaval through marriage first to Luís Ambrósio de Melo, 2nd Duke of Cadaval, and then to Jaime Álvares Pereira de Melo, 3rd Duke of Cadaval
By Anne Armande du Verger (c. 1660-?)
Miguel de Braganza 15 October 1699 13 January 1724 Natural son
By Francisca Clara da Silva (c. 1650-?)
José de Braganza 6 May 1703 3 June 1756 Natural son; Archbishop of Braga


  1. ^ Marsha, Linda Frey (1995), The Treaties of the War of the Spanish Succession, p. 335, [Peter] III of Portugal (1648 1706 r. 1683–1706), the third son of [John] IV, who founded the Braganza ruling dynasty and secured the independence of Portugal from Spain. [Peter] […] loved hunting both women and animals, and excelled as a horseback rider. 
  2. ^ Sousa 1741, Vol VII, p. 664.


  • Sousa, António Caetano de. História genealógica da Casa Real portuguesa (in Portuguese) VII. Lisbon: Silviana. 

External links

Peter II of Portugal
Cadet branch of the House of Aviz
Born: 26 April 1648 Died: 9 December 1706
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Luisa de Guzmán
Prince Regent of Portugal and the Algarves
27 January 1668 – 12 September 1683
Succeeded by
Catherine of Braganza
Preceded by
Afonso VI
King of Portugal and the Alagraves
12 September 1683 – 9 December 1706
Succeeded by
John V
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