King of Aragon from 1196 to 1213.
Son of Alfonso II King of Aragon and his queen, Sancha of Castile, the grandson of Ramon Berenguer and Queen Petronilla of Aragon, Alfonso VII of León and Castile and Richeza of Poland.
He became the third husband of Marie of Montpellier, the legitimate heiress of the Lordship of Montpellier and daughter of William VIII, Lord of Montpellier by his wife Eudokia Komnene. They were married June 15, 1204. A son was born, James I, the Conqueror, King of Aragon, Count of Barcelona and Lord of Montpellier.
Marie was discarded by her husband, eventually honored for her suffering but she was not canonized before her death in 1213.
Pedro was crowned by Pope Innocent III in Rome 1205, and with the oath to defend the Catholic faith. He was the first Aragon king to be crowned by a pope.
Peter fought at the Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa in 1212, returning home to find Simon de Montfort had taken Toulouse. He died during the Battle of Muret against Simon de Montfort, which began on September 12, 1213, resulting in a victory for Montfort.
Bio by Anne Stevens
Marie de Montpellier Aragón
1182–1213 (m. 1204)