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Pedro's intellectual abilities impressed Colbarch and others who described the Prince "of quick apprehension, and a piercing judgement, sensible, thoughtful and inclinable to melancholy". " From 1668, Pedro and his claque of grandees sought to exploit the unease of the threatened privileged segments of Portuguese society to increase the power of the Crown. The societal and economic tensions unleashed by the long struggle with Habsburg Spain; a peasantry, as in most of Europe, emerging from the more onerous bonds of feudalism; and an aggressive and increasingly powerful merchant class embodied most notably in the New Christian community, all served to create a climate of fear among the long favored First and Second Estates that certainly facilitated this process.
Luisa Gusmao at last reached India. Anronio de Mello de Castro, the fidalgo selected for this post, at least had the pedigree necessary for this daunting imperial assignment, as POLITICS AND POLICIES 45 his family had an impressive and long-standing record of service to the Crown in the Asian empire. His paternal grandfather, whose namesake he was, had been Capitao of the Naus of India. Two of his uncles, Diogo and joao de Mello de Castro had also served with distinction in the Estado, while his brother Femao de Mendonca Furtado would serve as general of Ccylon.
Pedro's accession to power was dutifully recognized by the Cortes in January 1668. At that time, he adopted the compromise-title of Prince Regent; to rule as long as his imprisoned brother lived. " While matters of the heart certainly dictated that the Prince Regent would comply with this request, the Cartes undoubtedly had matters of the purse in mind when it made it. After all, the Queen's departure would have meant that her sizable dowry would have to be refunded! Thus, the infamous suit of nullity of the marriage was subsequently played out.
Air War Over Southeast Asia (2) 1967-1970 by Lou Drendel