Biography of Conde de Urgel Armengol VI (ca.1095-1154)

Count of Urgell, also known as the de Castilla, born to 1095 and died June 20, 1154 in Castile.

He was son of Armengol V and María, daughter of count Pedro Ansúrez. He/She inherited the County of Urgell on the death of his father in 1102. During his childhood his grandfather Pedro was Regent and they coped with the Government of its two Viscounts States: Gerau Pons and Ramón Mir, duplicity that was the first time that it produced in the County of Urgell. As a child he/she travelled with his grandfather Pedro de Ansúrez to the city of Balaguer, in which Muslims refused to pay the tribute; the city was taken with the help of the count of Barcelona, Ramón Berenguer III. In 1113 Armengol helped Ramón Berenguer III on an expedition to conquer the Balearic Islands, who failed to return the Christian troops for the defence of Barcelona, attacked by Muslims. Two years later he/she was in Castile, and in 1118 took part in the conquest of Zaragoza, in aid of Alfonso the Battler, King consort of Castile.

His first wife, Arsenda, gave him two sons: Armengol and Galcerán de Salas; his second marriage to Elvira Rouric did not give children, although the historian Monfar affirms Galceran de Salas was son of Elvira and not of the first wife of Armengol. In 1119 third time married Arsenda, daughter of the counts of Àger, with whom he/she had two daughters: Elizabeth and Stephanie. Between the year of their wedding and 1124 the count made a series of donations to Santa María de Solsona. In 1125 attacked States of Urgell, finding the count in Castile, so the defense was provided by the territory of Urgell and the count of Barcelona, with own people. In 1126 already had turned Armengol to your County, which is testified by the donations to the count and his wife made to the Church of Santa María, dated that year and confirmed in 1128. He/She lived in Catalonia and moved to Castile to 1133, taking possession of the territories of his grandfather Pedro de Ansúrez, to his death. After the death of Alfonso the Battler (1134) he/she went to Zaragoza to oath of fidelity to the Emperor Alfonso VII and this made him Marqués de Zaragoza, while it is possible that the domain of the city receive it only in third party proceedings because he/she had already received Zaragoza as the King of Navarre, García RamírezI stronghold. In any case, the friendship that United Armengol VI with various Christian monarchs is evident with confirmation on the lordship of ball to Ramiro II of Aragon made shortly after the count. Armengol joined the emperor at the taking of Almería (1147) and distinguished himself in the Calatrava, whose Lordship is handed. In 1149 he/she associated his son Armengol, who would rule as Armengol VIIunto the throne of the County. Then returned to a fight with Alfonso VII in Córdoba (1150), Guadix (1152) and expeditions against Lérida and Provence. Upon his death he/she was buried in the monastery of Valbuena, founded by his sister near Valladolid, contradicting the wishes listed in his will, which ordered his remains to place in Santa María de Solsona, to which the count had made so many donations.

Bibliography

BOFARULL, A, (civil and ecclesiastical) critical history of Catalonia. Barcelona, 1878.

SLIDING GUTIERREZ, E. The sovereign counts of Urgel and the Premonstratensians. Barcelona, 1964.

SLIDE GUTIERREZ, E. news of the counts of Urgell. Lérida, 1973.

MONFAR, D. history of the counts of Urgell. Barcelona, 1853.

ROVIRA, A. National Història de Catalunya. Barcelona, 1934.

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