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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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THE ARTS OF WARFARE – THE BATTLE OF LAS NAVAS DE TOLOSA (1212)

– Iberia unites to combat the Almohad menace

The Almohads represent the rebirth of Moorish power in North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula. Following the Moorish victory at the Battle of Alarcos and the striking invasion of the Christian kingdoms, it is deemed necessary to put an end to the Moorish ascendancy.

The battle was the result of a long-planned offensive by King Alfonso VIII of Castile, who managed to gather together forces from the Castile, Aragon, Navarre and Portugal (as well as a small contingent from Leon) into a Crusade. These were strengthened by many religious military orders and several groups of crusader volunteers from across Europe (French, English, Germans and Italians). The participation of knights from these religious orders was of particular significance as, in reality, they fought with a squire and one or two pages, making them an important tactical force.

The number of Arab prisoners was so high that the Order of Calatrava constructed the Fort of Calatrava La Nova in just 4 years exclusively using the labour of these captured prisoners. The victory led to the internal collapse of the Moroccan dynasty. Without one great centralising and unifying power, the Al-Andalus is once again divided into numerous small kingdoms (taifas) that cannot stop the advances and conquests of the Christian kingdoms to the north. In little under two decades, the Almohads are confined to the Kingdom of Granada and within 40 years Portugal concludes the Reconquista with the capture of the Kingdom of the Al-Gharb.

A brilliant flanking manoeuvre allowed the Christian forces to keep the central ground against the Moorish assault and then make a counterattack with the heavy cavalry, capturing the palisade of the Vizier who had to make a hurried escape.

FAMILY SUNDAY | THE ARTS OF WARFARE
13th Century – THE BATTLE OF LAS NAVAS DE TOLOSA (1212)
8 JAN | 9 APR | 9 JUL | 8 OCT
11:00 | OVER 5s | Castelo S. Jorge Ticket
OFÍCIO BÉLICO (WARCRAFT)

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DANCES FROM THE TIME OF KING JOHN I

In the beginning there was the sea. Distant, unknown, dark. Populated by monsters and fears, place of legends and dreams. How could you not venture out if, in the poor land of Portugal, the hardship was great, but the hope greater still?

The sounds and dances of the dawn of the Portuguese Expansion, from the beginning of the 15th Century (a time when Ceuta was near and the sea in front of you was an open door to somewhere else), are divided between yearning and fear. It was the time of Bartolomeu Dias and Gil Eanes…

The Branles are in fashion; of popular origin, they were danced until the middle of the 16th century. But this is the time of the Basse Danse, slow and ceremonious, a dance of the nobility and considered the queen of dances. The most important dance treatises of this period are Basses Danses de la Cour de Bourgogne and the manuscripts of Margaret of Austria.

DANCES WITH HISTORY | DANCES FROM THE TIME OF KING JOHN I
15 JAN | 16 APR | 16 JUL | 15 OCT
11:00 | Over 5s | Castelo S. Jorge Ticket
ASSOCIAÇÃO DANÇAS COM HISTÓRIA (DANCES WITH HISTORY ASSOCIATION)

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