Alfonso II, Count of Provence

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Alfonso II
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Seal of Alfonso II
Count of Provence
Reign1185–1209
PredecessorSancho
SuccessorRamon Berenguer IV
Born1180
Barcelona
Died2 February 1209 (aged 28–29)
Palermo, Sicily, Italy
SpouseGarsenda II of Sabran
IssueRamon Berenguer IV
Garsenda of Provence, Viscountess of Béarn
HouseBarcelona, Spain
FatherAlfonso II of Aragon
MotherSancha of Castile

Alfonso II (1180 – February 1209) was the second son of Alfonso II of Aragon and Sancha of Castile.[1] His father transferred the County of Provence from his uncle Sancho to him in 1185. Alfonso II was born in Barcelona.

In 1193, Alfonso married Gersenda II of Sabran, daughter of Rainou, Count of Forcalquier and Gersend of Forcalquier.[1] Their son was Ramon Berenguer IV as count of Provence.[2]

According to explanations in the manuscripts of Gaucelm Faidit's poems, Alfonso was a rival of the troubadour for the love of Jourdaine d'Embrun.[3]

Alfonso II died in Palermo, Sicily, Italy, while accompanying his sister Constance to her wedding with Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor,.[4]

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sabaté 2017, p. 110.
  2. ^ Aurell 1995, p. 403.
  3. ^ Boutière & Schutz 1964, p. 187-191.
  4. ^ Smith & Buffery, p. 28.

Sources[edit]

  • Aurell, Martin (1995). Les noces du comte: mariage et pouvoir en Catalogne (785-1213) (in French). Publications de la Sorbonne.
  • Boutière, J.; Schutz, A.-H., eds. (1964). Biographies des troubadours. Nizet.
  • Sabaté, Flocel, ed. (2017). The Crown of Aragon: A Singular Mediterranean Empire. Brill.
  • Smith, Damian J.; Buffery, Helena, eds. (2003). The Book of Deeds of James I of Aragon. Ashgate Publishing.
Preceded by
Sancho
Count of Provence
1185–1209
Succeeded by
Ramon Berenguer IV