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Peter the Cruel

King of Castille and Leon Peter the Cruel

Profession: King of Castille and Leon


Biography: The Spanish king of Castile and Leon succeeded his father Alfonso XI at age 15. He was remembered by his enemies for his vicious acts of cruelty but later sources took to calling him "Just". He ruled from 1350 to 1369 before he was murdered by Henry Du Guesclin.

Born: August 30, 1334
Birthplace: Burgos, Spain
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: March 23, 1369 (aged 34)
Cause of Death: Murdered

Married Life

  • 1353-06-03 Peter of Castile [Peter the Cruel] (18) marries Blanch of Bourbon (14) in Valladolid, Spain. Peter abandons her 2 days later for his secret wife Maria de Padilla.

Historical Events

  • 1369-03-14 Battle of Montiel: Peter of Castile (Peter the Cruel) with support from England is defeated by an alliance between the French and his half-brother Henry II

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