Note: Alfonso Raimundez II, Count of Barcelona and King of Aragon was born 4 Apr 1152 in Villa Mayor De Valle, Aragon, Spain and married 18 Jan 1174 in Saragosa (Zaragoza) or Aragon, Spain. He died 25 Apr 1196 in Perpignan, Pyrennes-Orientales, France. Alfonso married Sancha Alfonsez, Princess of Castile. [Parents]
BIOGRAPHY: Alfonso II was the count of Barcelona from 1162 and king of Aragon from 1164. The son of Ram�n Berenguer IV, Alfonso succeeded his father as count of Barcelona and his mother as ruler of Aragon, thus associating the two countries under the house of Barcelona�a union that was destined to be permanent. Aragonese involvement in France became steadily greater during Alfonso's reign. Nevertheless, the conquest of Teruel in 1171 opened the way for the conquest of Valencia; and, in 1179, the pact of Cazorla with his ally, Alfonso VIII of Castile, fixed the future zones of reconquest for the two countries. In his will Alfonso followed the Spanish custom of dividing his kingdom; Provence was thus lost to the Aragonese crown. Alfonso II. Encyclop�dia Britannica. Retrieved June 25, 2003, from Encyclop�dia Britannica Premium Service.
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