Toby Green’s excellent book Inquisition: The Reign of Fear contains an interesting story that highlights how uncertain and adventurous life could be in ages past. The story concerns one Antonio Marques da Sylva, a Brazilian man who lived in seventeenth century Bahia.
In 1647 he was married to Maria Figeuira de Abreu. He had children with her and lived in Bahia for three years. He then decided to sail to Portugal for business in 1650. What seemed like a simple decision actually set in motion a bizarre sequence of events.