Heretic Song: Iberia By Night
The Jewel of Iberia
Aragon is both the most mountainous and most fertile kingdom in all of the Iberian Peninsula, and possibly in all of mainland Europe. Despite the fertility derived from the Ebro River and its tributaries, much of the land that lies away from the Ebro’s course are arid and dry, creating a low population density, but high clusters of population in cities such as Barcelona, Lérida, and Zaragoza. These three cities are Aragon’s primary claim to power in the region. With its capital of Lérida being a city dating back from pre-Roman times, Zaragoza being one of the strongest centers of Christianity in all of Iberia, and Barcelona being the most major shipping route to the Peninsula, the Kingdom of Aragon controls a vast wealth of influence unknown to other nations of similar age.
Aragon really comprises two separate lands – Aragon and Catalonia. Both were once simply counties before the two joined together with the annexation of Barcelona. Aragon’s history is a violent one, similar to the rest of the Christian Kingdoms of Iberia. Once conquered by the Moors and based around the city of Jaca, Aragon became a county under Navarre, which was dissolved in 922 A.D. after the county’s dynastic leadership died without male issue. Following that, it was enveloped fully into Navarre and – upon Sancho III’s death – Navarre was split among his three sons and one illegitimate son. This created the Basque, Castile, & the districts of Sobrarbe, Ribargorza and Aragon, the last of which was given to Sancho’s bastard, Ramiro. After Gonzalo – ruler of Sobrarbe and Ribargorza – was killed, Ramiro inherited his lands, becoming the first "king" of Aragon. He fought his brother Garcia Sanchez III for independence and established Aragon as its own power, and once joined both Navarre and Aragon with his son’s issue. Unfortunately, the line ended and the kingdoms were separated once more.
By the mid-12th century, Queen Petronilla of Aragon had wed Count Ramon Berenguer IV of Barcelona, producing a son that was set to inherit both Barcelona and the lands of Aragon. This joined the dynastic houses of both lands together, annexing Barcelona into Aragonese hands and likewise all of Catalonia. The King of Aragon also holds the titles of Count of Provence, Count of Barcelona, Lord of Montpellier & Duke of Athens and Neopatria, causing some to consider Aragon to be less a Kingdom and more of an Empire.
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Cainite Monarch of Aragon
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