Aragon, a kingdom in transition. In 1137 Ramon Berenguer IV, Count of Barcelona became Prince of Aragon through his marrage of Petronilla of Aragon, uniting the two kingdoms. In the next several years, he conquered Tortosa, Fraga, and Lleida. Now, in 1150, many opportunities await King Ramon.
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Chapter 1 (1150-1154) Allainces and Wars, Part A
On January 1, 1150, Ramon Berenguer IV, Count of Barcelona and Prince of Aragon held a council with all of the nobles in the country in his capital, Barcelona. In this meeting, he informed them that some of the powers that were formerly held by them would now be held by the king himself. (+1 Centralization). This caused some minor discontentment amongst the nobles. On January 11, Guillem R. de Montcada was named general of Aragon's armies, and on Febuary first, Aragon's 2500 infantry and 1500 cavalry were ordered to Aragon, and 2000 more infantry began training. On March 13, Ramon Berenguer choose Ponc de Cervello to be another general of his armies.
Aragon was leader of an alliance with Rosselo and Provence, but Ramon Berenguer felt that they needed sronger allies. On April 25, the neighboring kingdom of Leon was invited to the alliance, an offer that they accepted. Relations between Leon and Portugal had been rapidly deteriorating, and on September 6, Leon declared war on the Portugese. On September 7, Ramon Berenguer honored the allaince, and the war begun.
Ramon Berenguer ordered the recruitment of 4000 infantry in Aragon to add to his army. On November 7, their training was completed, and the army began marching to Oporto. They arrived on December 18, and after a three day battle against 1500 Portugese infantry and 1000 Portugese Cavalry, a siege was begun. The city fell on July 21 of the following year, and the army began its march to Lisbon, arriving on August 7, 1151. A battle was fought against 5000 Portugese infantry, and on August 15 the siege begun.
Before the siege of Lisbon ended, however, Ramon Berenguer had another problem on his hands. Aquitaine declared war on his vassal Rossello on January 11, 1152, bringing in the whole French alliance. Ramon Berenguer was obligated to protect his vassal, so he entered the war.
On January 14, the king ordered the recruitment of 5000 infantry and 1000 cavalry in Catalonia. These troops were expensive, so on Febuary 14, he was forced to begin minting money to pay for the costs of the war. On March 16, Lisbon fell and Leon made a peace treaty with Portugal, cedeing Oportop to Aragon, and paying 47 ducats for damages. After this victory, the troops were ordered to Catalonia, where they merged with the new recruits, and then were divided into two groups. The army under Cerello began a siege of Bearn on July 11, and on July 30, after a brief battle, Montcada began a siege of Gasgogne.
The second half of the chapter will either be posted later tonight or in the morning.