The wedding of D.Jo„o II's only son, Prince D.Afonso, with Infanta Isabel, eldest daughter of the Catholic kings, already had in view a possible unification of the Peninsula, knowing that Isabel's sister, Pr. Juan, was a sicking boy, who died not leaving heirs.
Saddly Pr.Afonso died from a horse fall in circumstances never completely explained, and Isabel returned to her parents' home, childless.
D.Manuel was then offered the hand of D.Maria, second but last daughter of the Catholic kings, which he bluntly refused.
D.Manuel wanted Isabel.This was not just a political wedding but a love one.
D.Manuel knew Pss.Isabel since they were kids and had fallen in love with her.
He had to endure in silence her wedding to his cousin (and nephew) D.Afonso.
When he came to the throne, he made sure he wanted Isabel as his bride and none other.
Not only he loved her, but she was a much better asset in the political chess as the heiress of the Catholic Kings.
D.Miguel da Paz, as firstborn son of king D.Manuel and Q.Isabel was obviously the heir of the portuguese crown.
Had he survived his grand-parents, he would have reigned over Portugal, Castille and Aragon.
Politics were different in the 19th century when the brazilian descendants of Emperor D.Pedro I were excluded from the portuguese succession.
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