|There was a King of Spain, Alfonso VI, who waged unceasing war on the
Saracens, and knights came from many lands offering to fight under his banner.
It was a genuine devotion to the faith, rather than the spurs of honour and
applause, that led them to turn their backs on home and country, and when they
had rendered signal service in battle Alfonso saw to it that they were fitly
recompensed. One of these, Henrique by name was given land in Portugal as his
reward, and was also given the King's daughter Teresa in marriage.
|Henry of Burgundy, a french count, was one of the leading captains of
Alfonso VI of Leon and Castile. In 1085 he helped Alfonso capture Toledo from
the Moslems, and Alfonso awarded him with a fief in the Oporto region.
|Henry took possession of his new domains, and there he continued to wage
war on the Moslems. He also took part in the first crusade (1096-1099) under
Godefroi de Bouillon, and returned when Judea had been overrun.
|In due course, Henrique died, leaving a young son, Afonso Henriques. The
youth's mother, Teresa seized the land for herself, marrying again, but Prince
Afonso met her in battle, and won, imprisoning her. He also had to battle
against Castile, (Teresa's family), but again won.