King of Aragon. Son of Sancho Ramírez, King of Aragon and Navarre, and Felicia of Roucy. As a child, his father sent him to monastery of Saint Pons de Thomières where he was elected Abbot of the Castillian royal monastery of Santos Fecundo y Primitivo in Sahagún and later was Abbot of the monastery of San Pedro el Viejo at Huesca. He had been elected as the Bishop Barbastro-Roda when his elder brother, Alfonso, died in 1134, leaving Ramiro the crown. Ramiro suspended his vows to rule long enough to marry Mathilda of Aquitane, the daughter of William VII of Poitou, the famous poet, crusader and Duke of Aquitane. His daughter, Petronilla, was born in 1135, he married her to the Raymond, Count of Barcelona, with the stipulation he takes the Crown of Aragon, even if Petronilla were to die before Raymond. He then returned to the Abbey of San Pedro in Huesca, but never fully resigned his royal rights or title, although he withdrew from public life. The crown was offically passed on to Petronilla on August 16, 1157 when Ramiro died. Ramiro was well known for the legend of the Bell of Huesca, when Ramiro had twelve nobles who were not obedient. Ramiro had sent a courier to his old monk master asking advice on how to deal with these nobles, and the old monk snipped off the heads of roses, or cabbages, which stood above the rest, supposedly in silent response to Ramiro's question. Ramiro invited the nobles to a meeting about the prospect of a new bell, so large and grand it would be heard throughout Aragon, and had their heads removed and exhibited as examples.
Bio by: Anne Shurtleff Stevens
Petronila of Aragon