Infante don Ramíro II “el Monje” DE ARAGÓN
- Born: 1086
- Married: Abt Nov 1135, Jaca, Huesca, Aragón, Spain
- Died: 16 Aug 1157, Huesca, Aragón, Spain
Compiler's 26/27 x great-grandfather
The Gestis Comitum Barcinonensium names "Petrum et Ildefonsum…Raimirum" as the sons of "Sancium", recording that Ramiro was "in Monasterio sancti Pontii de Tomeriis…Monachus et Sacerdos". The Crónica de San Juan de la Peña names "Pedro, Alfonso et Remiro" as the three sons of King Sancho and his wife "muller Doña Felicia", stating that Ramiro was monk at "Sant Ponz de Torneras". King Sancho I offered "Rainimirum filium meum" to the monastery of San Ponce de Tomeras by charter dated 3 May 1093. He was installed as Abbot of Sahagún by his brother in 1112, but was obliged to flee the abbey when it was captured by the forces of Queen Urraca.
He was elected Bishop of Burgos in 1114. He was resident at the monastery of San Pedro el Viejo in Huesca in 1130, and elected Bishop of Roda and Barbastro in Aug 1134. He succeeded in 1134 as RAMIRO II “el Monje” King of Aragon, proclaimed king at Jaca. Alfonso VII King of Castile claimed sovereignty over many of the recent conquests of Ramiro II's predecessor, seized Zaragoza end-1134 and forced Ramiro II to seek refuge in the Pyrenees. Although Alfonso VII was forced to retreat, he required Ramiro to recognise Castilian suzerainty. King Ramiro was also obliged to accept the separation of the crown of Navarre, agreeing the succession of King García Ramírez and the boundaries of the two kingdoms under the Pact of Vadoluongo in Jan 1135. Ramiro arranged the betrothal of his infant daughter to Ramón Berenguer IV Count of Barcelona to save Aragon from domination by Castile. Under the terms of the arrangement, the count of Barcelona would inherit the crown of Aragon even if Petronilla died before the marriage could be consummated. Within Aragon itself, Ramiro II was also obliged to recognise the right of seigneurial domain for the landed aristocracy. He conceded the government of Aragon 13 Nov 1137 to Ramón Berenguer IV Conde de Barcelona, betrothed to his infant daughter, but retained the title king.
Although he resided at the monastery of San Pedro el Viejo at Huesca from 1137 until his death in 1157 he does not appear to have resumed the monacal habit. The year of his death is fixed by the charter dated Dec 1157 under which Fortún Aznar Señor de Trazona and his wife Teresa Ortiz sold property to the monastery of Santa María de Fitero and which is dated "in anno illo quando finivit Adefonsus imperator Hispanie et rex Raimirus regis Aragonie". 1
Ramíro married Agnes (Matilda) DE POITOU, daughter of Guillaume VII DE POITOU, Duc d'Aquitane, and Philippa DE TOULOUSE, about Nov 1135 in Jaca, Huesca, Aragón, Spain. (Agnes (Matilda) DE POITOU was born in 1103 and died on 8 Mar 1160.)