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FAMILY FUN & GAMES

Os Arautos da Brincadeira (the Heralds of Jest), Dom Berengário and Dom Segismundo, only rest when everyone joins in the fun, with specially prepared games of yesteryear, jokes, surprises and much more.

FAMILY SUNDAY | FAMILY FUN & GAMES
11:00 | OVER 5s | €3.50
5 FEB | 5 MAR | 2 APR | 7 MAY | 4 JUN | 2 JUL | 6 AUG | 3 SEPT | 1 OCT | 5 NOV | 3 DEC
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SERVIÇO EDUCATIVO CASTELO DE S. JORGE (CASTELO DE S. JORGE EDUCATIONAL SERVICE)

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THE ARTS OF WARFARE – THE BATTLE OF ALJUBARROTA

- English support prevents union with Castile

Following the death of King Ferdinand I, the legitimate and legal heir to the Portuguese throne was King John I of Castile, by way of his marriage to King Ferdinand’s daughter, Beatrice.

The possibility of peacefully submitting Portugal to Castile led to a civil war known as the Crisis of 1383-1385. The support of the nobility was split, but the resistance centred around John, Great Master of Aviz, who enjoyed the backing of the petty nobility, burgesses and England. However, supporters of Beatrice were able to count on the support of the King of Castile’s forces and in 1385 a huge army heads for Lisbon. A siege like the one of the previous year must be averted if the recently-crowned King John I isn’t to see his aspirations severely compromised.

The plan of Nuno Álvares Pereira (The Saint Constable”) manages to halt the enemy army (made up of Castilian, Portuguese and French troops) in a decisive battle. There is a great disparity in the comparative strengths of the forces, but the tactics tested at the Battle of Atoleiros (1384) afford Pereira’s men some confidence.

The outcome was less than certain, but the tactical arrangement with marksmen in the wings (English crossbowmen and longbowmen) reinforced with much Portuguese courage and blood ends up carrying the day.

THE ARTS OF WARFARE | 14th CENTURY – THE BATTLE OF ALJUBARROTA (1385)
11:00 | OVER 5s | Castelo S. Jorge Ticket
12 FEB | 14 MAY | 13 AUG | 12 NOV
OFÍCIO BÉLICO

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DANCES WITH HISTORY – DANCES FROM THE TIME OF KING MANUEL I

The high point of the Portuguese Expansion followed on soon after its beginning. Portuguese sailing ships reached India and Brazil via the Indian and Pacific oceans; the padrão (a large stone cross with the Portuguese coat of arms) was planted on the coasts of Africa and America. As the 15th century ended and the 16th century began, Portugal had overcome fear and the sea, venturing beyond this Mare Nostrum within which so many had remained forever.

Experience the melodies and dances of this period of glory, when any dream seemed a mere dance step away and the future seemed to smile upon Portugal: the sounds and dances of the pinnacle of the Expansion (second half of the 15th and first half of the 16th centuries). It was the time of Gama and Cabral…

Pavanes and Galliards, Spagnolettas and Cascardas are the dances of the day. Dances in pairs and trios with complex choreographies, cleverly described in the treatises of T. Arbeau (Orquesographia) and Fabrizio Caroso (Il Ballerino), 1st ed. 1590.

DANCES WITH HISTORY | DANCES FROM THE TIME OF KING MANUEL I
19 FEB | 20 AUG | 19 NOV
11:00 | Over 5s | Castelo S. Jorge Ticket
ASSOCIAÇÃO DANÇAS COM HISTÓRIA (DANCES WITH HISTORY ASSOCIATION)

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