This first part includes about half the text of the chronicle and an introduction to Azurara, his life and work.
at, in both civil and criminal cases, they were exempt from the jurisdiction of the Royal Courts, and subject only to those of their Order, which had all the old prerogatives of those of the Temple and Calatrava, together with such as had been granted it by name.
[Footnote 11: So says CorrÃªa da Serra--Ineditos, vol. ii, p. 207.]
[Footnote 12: Vide Ruy de Pina, Chronica de D. Duarte, ch. 8.]
[Footnote 13: Because Azurara is found to have been the son of a Canon, it does not necessarily follow that he was illegitimate, and, in fact, no letters of legitimation exist in respect of him.]
[Footnote 14: DefiniÃ§oáº½s e Estatutos dos Cavalleiros e Freires da Ordem de N. S. Jesu Cristo com a historia da origem & principio della. Lisbon, 1628.]
According to one authority, Azurara began his career as author in the reign of D. Duarte by compiling a detailed catalogue of the Miracles of the Holy Const