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Count Henri of Portugal & Countess Tarasia of Bierzo

 189110308. Count Henri of Portugal & 189110309. Countess Tarasia of Bierzo

1069, Henri born in Burgundy, s/o 1512945948. Henri le Damoiseau de Bourgogne & 1512945949. Sibylla de Barcelona.

By 1074, Henri’s father died.

1078-9, Tarasia born in Castile, illegimitate d/o 756441248. Alfonso VI of Castile and Leon & 756441249. Doña Jimena Muñoz de Guzmán.

1080-3, ‘Odo dux Burgundie’ donated the village of Marcenay to the abbey of Molesme with the consent of ‘omnes eius fratres et sorores Robertus, Henricus, Beatrix, Helia.’

1081-84, ‘Heynricus frater meus’ witnessed the donation to Cluny of ‘Oddo dux Burgundie’.

1087, Eudes, duke of Burgundy, fought the Moors in Spain accompanied by his brothers Robert and Henri.

1093, Henri styled ‘Senor de Braga.’

[––Henri & Theresa––]

1094, Alfonso VI of Castile and Leon combined the fiefs of Coimbra and Oporto, south of the Minho river, into one county and gave it to Henri of Burgundy, who was married to his illegitimate daughter Tarasia. [Future Portugal.]

12/1094-7/1095, Raymond of Galacia made an agreement with his cousin Count Henri of Burgundy for support, under which Henri would be given Toledo on Raymon’s succession to Leon. [Raymond betrothed to Urraca, d/o Alfonso VI of Castile and Leon, who did not have a male heir. Urraca and Tarasia were half-sisters.]

1095-96, Henri and Tarasia occupied the castle at Guimares.

1096, Henri named count of Portugal.

1096, ‘Comite Dono Henrico ... cum uxore mea Infante Dona Taraxea’ granted privileges to ‘Villa Constantin de Panonias’, confirmed by ‘Infans Dono Alfoso filius Henrici comiti et uxor mea Infante Dona Taraxia’, by charter.

1096-97, Henri styled ‘Count’ in Tordesillas.

1097-98, Henri and Teresa made a pilgrimage to Santiago.

3/14/1099, ‘Taraxia Adefonsi regis filia … Henrik comes …’ subscribed the charter under which Alfonso VI King of Castile donated the monastery of Santa María de Algadefe to the monastery of Eslonza.

4/7/1098, In a document of Alfonso VI of Castile and Leon: ‘Henricus Portugalensis provincie comes regisque gener.’ (S) Curia and Cortes in Leon and Castile, Procter, 1980, P15.

8/13/1099, Pope Paschal II succeeded Urban II.

1/25/1100, ‘Adefonsus … Toletani imperii rex’ donated the churches of ‘Sancti Facundi et Sancti Primitivi … in vita sua dederam uxori mee Berte regine’, to Cluny, confirmed by ‘Raimundus totius Gallecie comes et gener regis, Urraca soror regis, Urraca regis filia et Raimundi comitis uxor, Enricus Portugalensis comes, uxor ipsius Tarasia filia regis.’

3/1100, ‘Comes domnus Henricus et uxor mea Domna Theresia, domini Regis Alfonsi filia’ donated property to La Charité-sur-Loire by charter.

9/16/1100, Count Henri led an expedition in the service of Alfonso VI, and was defeated at Malagon near Ciudad Real.

By 6/8/1101, Henri took the cross of a crusader.

1103, Count Henri left for Rome; but the crusade never materialized.

By 7/1103, Henri had returned to Portugal.

1107, Raymond of Galacia died; his wife Urraca succeeding as regent for their son.

12/1107 at Leon, Alfonso VI called a council of Galician magnates to review his succession in Galacia. Since Count Raymond had died, Alfonso wanted his son to succeed rather than the son of his daughter Urraca; who could rule as regent unless she remarried.

7/1109, Count Henri suppressed a revolt of the Moors of Sintra.

7/1/1109, Urraca of Galacia succeeded her father in Castile-Leon.

1109, Count Henri of Portugal invaded Leon, claiming the right of his wife Tarasia [starting a civil war that would last 5 years.]

1110, Count Henri attempted to raise additional forces in France, where he was captured and imprisoned for a short time.

10/26/1110, Count Henri supported Alfonso I of Aragon in the defeat of Queen Urraca’s forces at the battle of Candespina.

11/1110, Queen Urraca convinced Count Henri to switch sides.

12/1110, Count Henri joined Urraca in besieging Alfonso I of Aragon at Penafiel.

2/1111, Count Henri met with Urraca of Leon at Palencia over partioning of her possessions [which she did not keep.]

1111, Count Henri participated in the insurrection against Urraca and Alfonso I of Aragon at the unsuccessful siege of Carrion.

5/1111, Count Henri had to return to Portugal because of internal troubles.

5/1112, Count Henri died at the Battle of Astorga, Leon; buried at Braga Cathedral; Tarasia would continue the conflict for lands in Leon.


1112, Theresa named regent for her son Alfonso Henriques.

1113, Queen Urraca vied [successfully] with her half-sister Tarasia [Teresa] of Portugal, widow of Count Henri, for control of Leon-Castile.

1116, Theresa pursuaded by Bishop Gelmires of Santiago to extend her northern frontier. Theresa attacked and seized Tuy and Orense.

1117, Theresa besieged by Mohammedans in Coimbra.

11/1117, Teresa styled herself ‘Teresa Queen of Portugal.’

1/24/1118, Pope Gelasius II succeeded Paschal II.

2/1/1119, Pope Calixtus II succeeded Gelasius II. [Calixtus the brother of Raymond of Galicia.]

1120, Countess Teresa created a conflict with the church by subjecting the whole of the burgh of Oporto to the authority of the Bishop.

2/1/1121, A charter of Teresa is confirmed by Fernando Peres de Trava [her future lover.]

1121, Urraca raised an army to invade Galicia. Urraca captured her half-sister Tarasia at the castle of Lanhoso, but released her at the request of Bishop Gelmires and the archbishop of Braga. A final peace agreement was made between them.

7/1121, Paio Mendes, bishop of Braga, fled from Teresa and took refuge with Urraca in Zamora.

1123-24, Theresa took a lover, Fernando Peres de Trava, and made him governor of Oporto and Coimbra.

12/21/1124, Pope Honorius II succeeded Calixtus II.

3/10/1126, Teresa’s half-sister Urraca died. Her son Alfonso VII signed a provisional peace treaty with D. Teresa and Fernando Peres.

5/23/1127, ‘Tarasia regina domni Adefonsi Yspaniarum imperatoris filia’ donated ‘monasterio Sancte Marie quod cognomento Viminerium’ to Cluny by charter.

1127, Alfonso VII of Leon and Castile invaded Portugal and forced Theresa to recognize his supremacy.

1127, Theresa’s son refused to recognize her submission and rebelled with the help of Archbishop Paio of Braga.

3/31/1128, Afonso and his mother Theresa are both signatories of the same document.

7/24/1128, Theresa, mother of Afonso, and Fernando Peres, her lover, taken prisoner at the battle of San Mamede near Guimarais by Alfonso Henriques.

1128, Theresa’s mother died.

1129-30, Theresa gave up all rights to the rule of Portugal. The pope tried to arrange for her release through the Bishop of Coimbra, and a papal Cardinal. Afonso refused and was excommunicated. After threatening to kill the Cardinal, Afonso released his mother and was not excommunicated.

11/1/1130, ‘Regina Donna Tarasia mater Donni Alfonsi … anno secundo regni’ died in Galacia; buried at Braga Cathedral.

(S) Encyclopedia Britannica, V19, 1894, P555. (S) Medieval Iberia, Gerli, 2003, P186. (S) Portugal, Livermore, 2004, P12. (S) Foundation for Medieval Genealogy.

Child of Henri and Tarasia:

i. Alfonso Henriques I of Portugal (94555154) born 7/25/1109-12 in Portugal.

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