Baltasar and Blimunda

Who is King Dom Joao the Fifth of Portugal from Baltasar and Blimunda and what is their importance?

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The King of Portugal forms a constant character throughout the book, as his actions set into place a series of events that almost dictate the lives of our protagonists as they struggle on their own journey.
Marries to the Dona, Queen Maria Anna, Dom Joao is presented as a typical monarch of this era; stunned by his own wealth and power and unquestioning of either. During the course of the story it is revealed that he is about to have a child with the Queen, and agrees that, upon the birth of the Infanta he will build the biggest, best and most glorious monastery convent for the Franciscan Order in thanks for their prayers for his successful heir.