Characters Discussed (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
Ignez de Castro
Ignez de Castro (ee-NEHS deh KAH-stroh), the illegitimate daughter of a nobleman. She is beloved by Prince Pedro, the son and heir of King Alfonso. On the death, in childbirth, of Prince Pedro’s wife, Ignez de Castro hopes that, now that her lover is provided with a legitimate heir, their love may be made public, their marriage solemnized, and their four children recognized by their grandfather. Before her hopes can be realized, however, she is murdered by the king’s advisers.
Prince Pedro (PEH-droh), the heir of Alfonso IV and the lover of Ignez de Castro. Compelled by his father to marry a princess of Castile, he feels free at her death in childbirth to proclaim his love for Ignez de Castro. He pleads with the king for a state wedding and the recognition of their four children. The king refuses, and when Ignez is killed by the royal advisers, Prince Pedro swears vengeance on all involved in the murder, including his father.
Alfonso IV (ahl-FOHN-soh), the king of Portugal and the father of Prince Pedro. In an attempt to put an end to the love of Prince Pedro for the illegitimate Ignez de Castro, he compels his son to marry a princess of Castile, who dies at the birth of a legitimate heir. When his son then begs for a state...
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