João V, King of Portugal

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João V, King of Portugal Gender: M
João Francisco António José Bento Bernardo
born on 22 October 1689 (greg.) at 09:30 (= 09:30 AM )
Place Lisbon, Portugal, 38n43, 9w08
Timezone LMT m9w08 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 29°41' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 10°31 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 07°19'

King of Portugal João V (by Pompeo Batoni)
photo: Attributed to Pompeo Batoni (1708–1787), license cc-by-sa-3.0


King of Portugal and the Algarves known as João the Magnificent and the Portuguese Sun King. João V raised the prestige of Portugal, which had been in a long decline amongst European courts, to a new and glorious level of prosperity and wealth.

João V's reign saw an enormous influx of gold to the coffers of the King's Treasury, mainly from the Portuguese colonies of Brazil and Maranhão. He entertained an incredibly lavish court, one of the richest in Europe, which coincided with the enrichment of the Portuguese nobility.

A very pious man, João V devoted large parts of his day to prayer and religious study. The Pope granted him the styling of 'Most Faithful Majesty.'

He was a son of King Pedro II of Portugal and Queen Maria Sofia of Neuburg. Pedro II secured João a marriage to the Austrian archduchess, Maria Anna, sister of Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor, which guaranteed Portugal's alliance with the Habsburgs. João and Maria Anna had six children, including the future Portuguese kings José I and Pedro III. João had another four children with different mistresses. He died on 31 July 1750.

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from "Gabinete historico: que a Sua Magestade fidelissima o Senhor rei D. João VI. em o dia de seus felicissimos annos 13 de maio de 1818, Volume 5" by Brother Claudio da Conceição (Na Impressāo regia, 1819), p. 284: "Nasceo este grande Senhor na Cidade de Lisboa, a 22 de Outubro de 1689 ás nove horas e meia da manhã, com universal contentamento dos Portuguezes."

Translation: This great Lord was born in the city of Lisbon on 22 October 1689 at nine-thirty in the morning to the universal delight of the Portuguese people.


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