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Objective D. Maria I, queen of Portugal, was the mother of João VI and grandmother of Pedro IV of Portugal and I of Brazil. She became the first monarch of Brazil, where she became known as "Maria, the madwoman". We aimed to try to identify the mental disorder she suffered from. Methods We conducted a review of biographies about D. Maria I and scientific articles that discussed her case. Results The sparse information about her mental illness strongly indicates that she had several depressivedoi:10.1590/0047-2085000000334 fatcat:zqzvhhkxezcwtpkkns35ee4seu