Count of Barcelona (1015-1035)

  • Born about 1000
  • Deceased 6 April 1035,aged about 35 years old


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Individual Note


Berenguer Ramon I, Count of Barcelona

Berengar Raymond I the Crooked, also called the Hunchback (in Catalan, Berenguer Ramon I el Corbat; and in Spanish, Berenguer Ramón I el Corvado or el Curvo) (1005-26 May 1035) was the count of Barcelona, Girona, and Ausona from1015 to his death.
He was the son of Raymond Borrel, count of Barcelona, Girona, and Ausona and his wife Ermesinde of Carcassonne. He accepted the suzerainty of Sancho the Great of Navarre.
In 1021, he married Sancha Sánchez, daughter of Sancho I Garcés, count of Castile, with whom he had two sons: his successor, Raymond Berengar (1023), and a son Sancho. In 1027, he married secondly Guisla of Lluca, with whom he had ason, William in 1028 and, it has been speculated, a daughter who married Henry of Burgundy and was thus an ancestor of the kings of Portugal.
Berengar Raymond as a historical figure is enigmatic, shrouded in incomprehensible contradictions and ambiguities. First, he was a man of peace, and throughout his reign peace ruled. He pacified his neighbours as well, bringing toheel the count of Urgel, Ermengol II. He reestablished amicable relations with Hugh I, count of Ampurias and maintained them with William I of Besalú and Wilfred II of Cerdagne. He was a son of the church who maintained relationswith the papacy and pilgrimaged to Rome in 1032. On many occasions he travelled to Zaragoza and Navarre to discuss with Sancho III the Great, king of Navarre their mutual stance against the counts of Toulouse. His confidantes andcouncillors were the Abbot Oliva, the judge Ponç Bofill, Gombau de Besora, and the bishops Pedro of Gerona y Deudado of Barcelona. In 1025, he decreed that the proprietors of entails (men holding land in fee tail) were free fromtaxation.
On the other hand, the government of Berengar Raymond I marks the beginning of the decline of the comital power in Catalonia. Upon the death of his father (1018), Berengar Raymond was a minor and his mother Ermesinde (Ermesenda) wasregent until 1023. But even when he attained his majority, his mother would not relinquish the powers of regency and reigned with him. According to some chroniclers, Berengar's character left some things to be desired. He isdescribed as weak and indecisive. Moreover, his policy of peace with the Moors was a bone of contention with the noblesse, who saw war with Islam as a way of obtaining glory, wealth, and possibly even salvation. This lead somenobles to act outside the count's wishes. Ermesinde, contra her son, was energetic and decisive, intent on imposing the authority of Barcelona on the baronage. But, as a woman, her exercising control of the military was greatlyimpeded and organising a raid or other expedition to satisfy the itches of the aristocracy was next to nothing.
The obliteration of comital authority became very evident shortly before his death in 1035. Her partitioned his patrimony amongst his sons: Raymond Berengar received Girona and Barcelona as far as Llobregat; Sancho the frontierlandfrom the Llobregat to the Moorish lands, which constituted the county of Penedès with its capital in Olérdola; and William Ausona.
He died on May 26, 1035 and was buried in Santa Maria de Ripoll. He was succeeded in Barcelona and Gerona by his son by his first wife, Raymond Berengar; in the new county by Sancho, son of his first wife also; and in Ausona byWilliam, son of his second wife.

Preceded by Raymond Borrel
Count of Barcelona 1015 – 1035
Succeeded by Ramon Berenguer I


• Married: 1027
1. Guillen Ramon of Barcelona
3. Bernat Berenguer of Barcelona

• Married: 1021 in Zaragoza 4
2. Sancho Berenger of Barcelona
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_GCID: EB53EC3E-E722-4B48-A48E-74B55AD7B3D7

Family Note

Marriage with Sancha Sanchez Of Castile:

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Marriage with Guisla Of Lluca:

_GCID: 7B29BB6F-D462-4E4E-B815-6861D33BDE64


  • Individual:
    - Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 - Frederick Lewis Weis - Genealogical Publishing Company, - CS55.W4/1999 - Book - [- Prokasy Library - @SR145 a - E0C64759-18D7-4D90-9F48-9E49DCD619FC] - - 1999 - Baltimore, MD, USA - 196F85E3-3F51-4A49-B302-525712171BBC - Line 108-23
    - Dynasties of the World: a chronological and genealogical handbook - John E. Morby - Oxford University Press, 1989 - CS27 .M67/1989 - Book - [- University of Georgia Library - @SR145 a - A017A809-3DDD-4CE2-B85C-D9DE80797A07] - - 1989 - Oxford, Oxfordshire, U.K. - FCA758DF-964C-423D-BC2C-094276C6A3DD - 113
    - Gen-Medieval Archives - SGM: soc.genealogy.medieval - - [- - 8EB6A3BB-E00F-4A22-B3F8-10246DEF2929] - 2DEE4455-2440-4AEC-9E2D-74B336EE409F - 2001: File 554, May 27, 2001

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Borrell II Of Barcelona, Count of Barcelona , Gerona, and Ausona ca 927-992 Luitgarde Of Toulouse †977/ Roger I "le Vieux" De Comminges, Count of Comminges , Carcassone, of Rasez, and Conserans; Seigneur of Foix. ca 945-1011/ Adélais De Pons †1011/

Ramond III Borrell Of Barcelona, Count of Barcelona 972- Ermesinde Of Carcassonne 972-

Berenger Raymond I Of Barcelona, Count of Barcelona ca 1000-1035