Catharine Of Braganza, queen of England, born in 1638, died Dec. 31, 1705. She was the daughter of John IV., after 1640 king of Portugal, and in 1662 married Charles II., king of England, bringing her husband, besides a rich dowry, Tangiers in Africa and Bombay in India. She had been bred in a convent, and was not accustomed to the free conversation and licentious manners which prevailed at the court of her husband. Her influence was unavailing to produce any change, nor was she able to restrain the dissolute conduct of the king or to gain his love. In 1678 accusations against her of plots in favor of the Catholic religion were received favorably by the house of commons, but rejected by the lords. After the death of Charles (1685), she was treated in England with attention and respect. She returned to Portugal in 1693. Made regent of that country by her brotheu, Dom Pedro, in 1704, she proved her ability in the war witb Spain, which she carried on with success, though 67 years old.