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Ramon Berenguer IV , Count of Provence
b.1195-1198 Aix-en-Provence
d.19 Aug 1245 Aix-en-Provence
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Name Ramon Berenguer IV , Count of Provence
Alt Name Raymond IV Berenger
Alt Name Conde Ramon Berenguer Barcelona, V
Alt Name Count Of Provence Raimund IV Berenger
Alt Name[2] Raymond Berenger IV , Comte de Provence
Gender Male
Birth? 1195-1198 Aix-en-Provence
Alt Birth? 1198
Alt Marriage ABT 1216 of Ambresbury,Wiltshire,Englandto Beatrice of Savoy
Other 05 Jun 1219 betrothed
with Beatrice of Savoy
Marriage Dec 1220 to Beatrice of Savoy
Alt Marriage 1220-12 ,Chambery,Savoie,Franceto Beatrice of Savoy
Death? 19 Aug 1245 Aix-en-Provence
Burial[2] Aix-en-Provenceéglise de Saint Jean de Jérusalem


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Ramon Berenguer IV or V (1198 – 19 August 1245), Count of Provence and Forcalquier, was the son of Alfonso II of Provence and Garsenda de Sabran, heiress of Forcalquier. After his father's death (1209), Ramon was imprisoned in the castle of Monzón, in Aragon until he was able to escape in 1219 and claim his inheritance. He was a powerful and energetic ruler who added Forcalquier to his domain. Giovanni Villani in his Nuova Cronica had this to say about Raymond:

Count Raymond was a lord of gentle lineage, and kin to them of the house of Aragon, and to the family of the count of Toulouse, By inheritance Provence, this side of the Rhone, was his; a wise and courteous lord was he, and of noble state and virtuous, and in his time did honourable deeds, and to his court came all gentle persons of Provence and of France and of Catalonia, by reason of his courtesy and noble estate, and he made many Provençal coblas and canzoni of great worth.

On 5 June 1219, Ramon married Beatrice of Savoy, daughter of Thomas I of Savoy. She was a shrewd and politically astute woman, whose beauty was likened by Matthew Paris to that of a second Niobe. Their children included four daughters, all of whom married kings.

  1. stillborn son (1220)
  2. Margaret of Provence (1221–1295), wife of Louis IX of France
  3. Eleanor of Provence (1223–1291), wife of Henry III of England
  4. stillborn son (1225)
  5. Sanchia of Provence (1228–1261), wife of Richard, Earl of Cornwall
  6. Beatrice of Provence (1231–1267), wife of Charles I of Sicily

Ramon Berenguer IV died in Aix-en-Provence. At least two planhs (Occitan funeral laments) of uncertain authorship (one possibly by Aimeric de Peguilhan and one falsely attributed to Rigaut de Berbezilh) were written in his honour.

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References
  1.   Ramon Berenguer IV, Count of Provence, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).
  2. 2.0 2.1 RAYMOND BERENGER IV Comte de Provence , in Cawley, Charles. Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families.