A title by Charles Raymond Beazley, who was a British historian. He was Professor of History at the University of Birmingham from 1909 to 1933. He was educated at St Paul's School, King's College London and Balliol College, Oxford. His academic career was as a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford, until his chair at Birmingham. Prince Henry was the third son of King John I of Portugal, the founder of the Aviz dynasty. He was interested in exploring the west coast of Africa. Under his direction, a new and lighter ship was developed, the caravel, which would allow sea captains to sail further and faster.