MEDIEVAL FAIR

by Antonio Gil August. 02, 2016 2212 views

Pig roasting on a spit

according to Portuguese tradition surrounding the battle of Aljubarrota, there was a woman called Brites de Almeida, the Padeira of Aljubarrota (the baker-woman of Aljubarrota), said to be very tall and strong, and to possess six fingers on each hand, who by herself killed eight Castilian soldiers as they were hiding in her bakery in the town of Aljubarrota after the battle. This story is clouded in legend and hearsay, but the popular intervention in the massacre of Castilian troops after the battle is, nevertheless, historical and typical of battles in this period, when there was no mercy toward the defeated enemy

Aljubarrota baker-woman

♫♫ Short animation Music Clip from Padeirinha Aljubarrota: História de Portugal ♫♫


According to Portuguese tradition surrounding the battle of Aljubarrota, there was a woman called Brites de Almeida, the Padeira of Aljubarrota (the baker-woman of Aljubarrota), said to be very tall and strong, and to possess six fingers on each hand, who by herself killed eight Castilian soldiers as they were hiding in her bakery in the town of Aljubarrota after the battle. This story is clouded in legend and hearsay, but the popular intervention in the massacre of Castilian troops after the battle is, nevertheless, historical and typical of battles in this period, when there was no mercy toward the defeated enemy.

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G B 5 years, 1 month ago

fun!

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Chossid 5 years, 1 month ago

I especially like the last photo -- the portrait!

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Antonio Gil Replied to Chossid 5 years, 1 month ago

It's my favorite too. Thanks Leah

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 5 years, 1 month ago

Such an interesting post

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Gillian Parsons 5 years, 1 month ago

It was rather interesting and the food was fantastic

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Matilda Mateus 5 years, 1 month ago

Eu tambem gosto muito da senhora ... thank you for sharing the history behind it!

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Matilda Mateus 5 years, 1 month ago

Convém espalhar a nossa cultura pelo mundo fora. Obrigado cara amiga

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Ram Ya 5 years, 1 month ago

Nice story, thanks for sharing with us.

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Ram Ya 5 years, 1 month ago

My pleasure Ram

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Mike Meliska 5 years, 1 month ago

Great set. Looks like a fun time.

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 5 years, 1 month ago

All sounds very fascinating, especially a visit to the Azores.

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Marilyn Grimble 5 years, 1 month ago

I prefer the Azores to Madeira. :-))

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble Replied to Antonio Gil 5 years, 1 month ago

Interesting, maybe we should give it a go. Any good for someone who can't walk long distances?

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Marilyn Grimble 5 years, 1 month ago

Yes, as long as you rent a car. :-) You can stay a long time still just seeing the views.

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble Replied to Antonio Gil 5 years, 1 month ago

Thanks, we'll think about it. Mx

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Olga Helys 5 years, 1 month ago

GREAT CAPTURES and amazing legend

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Olga Helys 5 years, 1 month ago

Merci Olga. It's one of the most known legends here in Portugal.

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Jay Boggess 5 years, 1 month ago

Fascinating captures & historical background. One of my best friends is from Azores, where his ancestors were whalers. He still has many relatives living there. He also, spoke of some people having 6 fingers......a product of inbreeding, perhaps?

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Antonio Gil Replied to Jay Boggess 5 years, 1 month ago

Beats me. ?? When do you go to Azores with your friend? It's a magic land. I've already been twice and I want to return. Thanks Jay

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Jay Boggess Replied to Antonio Gil 5 years, 1 month ago

No definite dates set, as yet. He has a 10-year old daughter he is raising , so her school & extracurricular activities take precedence….I'll keep you posted!

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