Berengaria of Barcelona

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Berengaria of Barcelona
Berenguela of Barcelona.jpg
Effigy of Queen Berengaria at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
Queen consort of León and Castile
Reign 1128–1149
Empress of All Spains
Reign 1135–1149
Born c. 1116
Barcelona
Died 15 January 1149
Palencia
Burial (1149-01-15)15 January 1149
Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
Spouse Alfonso VII of León and Castile
House House of Barcelona
Father Ramon Berenguer III, Count of Barcelona
Mother Douce I, Countess of Provence
Religion Roman Catholicism

Berenguela or Berengaria of Barcelona (1116 – January 15, 1149) was Queen consort of Castile, León and Galicia. She was the daughter of Ramon Berenguer III, Count of Barcelona, and Douce I, Countess of Provence.[1]

On November 10/17 1128 in Saldaña, Berengaria married Alfonso VII, King of Castile, León and Galicia.[1] Their children were:

  1. Sancho III of Castile (1134–1158)
  2. Ramon, living 1136, died in infancy
  3. Ferdinand II of León (1137–1188)
  4. Constance (c. 1138–1160), married Louis VII of France
  5. Sancha (c. 1139–1179), married Sancho VI of Navarre
  6. García (c. 1142–1145/6)
  7. Alfonso (c. 1144–c. 1149)

She died in Palencia, and was buried at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

Appearance and Character[edit]

"She was a very beautiful and extremely graceful young girl who loved chastity and truth and all God-fearing people."[2]

Preceded by
Beatrice
Queen consort of León
1128–1149
Succeeded by
Richeza of Poland
Queen consort of Castile
1128–1149
None Empress of All Spains
1135–1149

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Reilly 1995, p. 168.
  2. ^ Chronica Adefonsi Imperatoris, Book 1 Chapter 12, trans. Simon Barton and Richard Fletcher in The World of El Cid: Chronicles of the Reconquest, (Manchester University Press, 2000) page 168.

Sources[edit]

  • Reilly, Bernard F. (1995). The Contest of Christian and Muslim Spain, 1031-1157. Blackwell Publishing Inc.