Madeiran Legends

LEGEND OF MACHIM

According to the legend, from the late fourteenth century and early fifteenth century there was in England a young man named Roberto Machim, legendary knight of the court of king Edward III of England. He was in love with an English lady, Ana de Arfert (or Ana de Harfert), who corresponded to his love, but was to marry a nobleman by the will of her family... read more 

LEGEND OF ARGUIM

On the day that Madeira emerged from the seas, another Atlantic island, known as Arguim, which was situated slightly North, was submerged.
D. Sebastião did not perish in the battle of Alcácer-Quibir, he was defeated by the moors and fled to an island in the ocean that would be Arguim.
However, on route to this legendary place, he passed by... read more 

LEGEND OF SAINT SYLVESTER

Legend has it that on the last night of the year, as the Virgin Mary was leaning out of the skies over the ocean, Saint Sylvester came to speak to her. Our Lady confided him the reason of her grief: she remembered the beautiful Atlantis, sunk by God to punish its inhabitants. As she spoke, Our Lady dropped tears of sorrow and mercy. Saint Sylvester noticed that they were not tears but... read more 

LEGEND OF NOSSA SENHORA DO MONTE

It is said that in the late fifteenth century about 1 kilometer above the Nossa Senhora do Monte church, in Terreiro da Luta, a shepherd girl was playing during the afternoon with a girl. The shepherd girl shared her meal with this young girl. The shepherd girl was so pleased with this encounter that she shared with her family what happened but they did not believe her story... read more 

LEGEND OF LADISLAUS

Ladislaus III lived in the fifteenth century, and was king of Poland and Hungary. Shortly after the beginning of his reign, the youngster, inexperienced in the arts of war and politics, led his country to war with the Turks.
In 1444, he was defeated in the Battle of Varna and Ladislaus disappeared. His body was... read more 

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