Dom Pedro de Noronha had a powerful role in the politics of the time during the minority of King Afonso V. He belonged to a great family. His mother was the daughter of King Fernando of Portugal and his father was related to the royal family of Castile. One of his brothers was Count of Villa Real; another, Dom Sancho, was Count of Odemira, and his sister Constanza, married Dom Afonso, Count of Barcelos, later Duke of Braganza, bastard son of King John I, the person who stands out the most in the monarchy, and black sheep who was to produce the disaster of Alfarrobeira. In 1424, Dom Pedro de Noronha was barely 28 years old when he was elected to the archbishopric Of Lisbon. He led a scandalous life. His escapades reached the point where it was necessary to exile him from Portugal and he left for Spain. In 1442 the Braganza faction recalled him and he won back the royal grace. From that time on until 1452 he was all powerful, per- verting the soul of Afonso V and inclining him to the Braganza party against his noble uncle the Infante Dom Pedro who was the Regent at the time. As I said before, his mistresses were Isabel and Branca Perestrello, the sisters of Bartholomew. As Madariaga says, "this magnificent prince of the church was no light-hearted lover."4 He seems to have paid homage simultaneously to both Branca and Isabel, to judge by the ages of their children.
Marriage 1 Isabel PERESTRELLO
Marriage 2 Branca PERESTRELLO
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