THE CHURCH OF MEMORY, AJUDA, LISBON - DECEMBER 23, 2022
December 23, 2022
The Portuguese official history books state that King D. José was wounded while returning to the royal palace late at night, after visiting his mistress. She happened to be a member of the Távora family. To affirm his absolute power, the Marquis de Pombal - D. José's prime minister - took advantage of the incident to annihilate all the members of the Távora family. But there are many versions of what happened that day - September 3, 1758 - and the novel I am now writing deals with one interpretation.