- NAME: Peter the Cruel
- OCCUPATION: King
- BIRTH DATE: August 30, 1334
- DEATH DATE: March 23, 1369
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Burgos, Castile, Spain
- PLACE OF DEATH: Montiel, France
- Nickname: Peter the Cruel
- Nickname: Peter the Lawful
- Nickname: Peter the Just
- AKA: Peter of Castile
- AKA: Pedro the Cruel
- AKA: Pedro the Just
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The Spanish king of Castile and León, son and successor of Alfonso XI, Peter the Cruel is best known for his vicious characteristics as a ruler.
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Born in Burgos, Castile, Spain, on August 30, 1334, Peter the Cruel was the Spanish king of Castile and León, son and successor of Alfonso XI. He was charged by his contemporaries with incredible cruelty, but later acquired the nickname "Peter the Lawful" when he was viewed by historians as a strong executor of justice. Peter began his rein at the age of 15. In 1356, he engaged in constant wars with Aragon. He was murdered by Henry, Du Guesclin on March 23, 1369, in Montiel, France.
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