On 15 October 1173, Petronilla of Aragon passed away. She was my three-times 27th great-grandmother.
Born on 29 June 1136, in Huesca, Spain, Petronilla was the only child of Ramiro of Aragon and his wife Agnes of Aquitaine.
Prior to his marriage to Agnes of Aquitaine, Ramiro of Aragon had been the bishop of Barbastro-Roda, When his brother, Alfonso I, died in 1134 without an heir, Ramiro was elected as ruler. Ramiro sought papal dispensation to abdicate his monastic vows in order to secure the succession to the throne. After he received dispensation, Ramiro of Aragon married Agnes of Aquitaine in 1135.
On this date, 8 March 1126, Urraca of León, Castile, and Galicia, passed away. She was my 27th great-grandmother through her grandson Fernando II of Léon, my 28th great-grandmother through her grandson Sancho III of Castile, and my 28th great-grandmother through her granddaughter Sancha of Castile.
Urraca was born circa April 1079 in Burgos, Spain to Alfonso VI and Constance of Burgundy. As the eldest and only surviving child of Alfonso VI, Urraca was heir presumptive to Castile and León until 1107, when her father recognized his illegitimate son Sancho as his heir.
Urraca’s place in the line of succession, however, made her the focus of dynastic politics. Circa 1086, Raymond of Burgundy arrived in Spain. In 1087, Urraca, who was eight years old at time, was betrothed and possibly even wedded to Raymond of Burgundy. Although canon law set a minimum age for marriage at 12 years old for women, exceptions did occur. Some evidence that they might have been married, instead of just betrothed, was in protocol documents, which, almost immediately, began labeling Raymond of Burgundy as Alfonso VI’s son-in-law. Nevertheless, it appears their marriage was formalized by 1090, when Alfonso VI issued a charter to the church of Palencia in their name.
On this day, in the year 1065, Ferdinand I “El Magno” passed away. He was my 28th great-grandfather through his daughter Urraca of León and Castile and my 29th great-grandfather through his granddaughter Teresa of León—both daughters of Alfonso VI of León and Castile. Ferdinand I was the first ruler of Castile to adopt the title of king. In addition, he was crowned emperor of León.
On this day, 20 December, circa 912, Alfonso III “El Magno,” King of Leon, Galicia, and Asturias, died. He was my 35th great-grandfather.
Alfonso III was born circa 838. His father was Ordoño I of Asturias. At some point, Alfonso III married Jimena of Pamplona. Together, they had at least three sons, including my 34th great-grandfather, Ordoño II of León.
Other than these few facts, little is known about Alfonso’s personal life, whereas more is known about his reign. Winning a contested succession, Alfonso III moved his capital forward from Oviedo to the original Roman city of León. Alfonso III ordered the creation of three chronicles, theorizing that the Kingdom of Asturias was the rightful successor of the old Visigothic kingdom.