Elvira PÉREZ[1]

Female - Aft 1220

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  • Name Elvira PÉREZ 
    Gender Female 
    Died Aft Jul 1220  [1
    Person ID I63038  Blythe Genealogy
    Last Modified 2 Aug 2019 

    Father Pedro MANRIQUE, Conde de Lara, Señor de Molina, Vicomte de Narbonne,   d. Jan 1202 
    Mother Infanta doña Sancha, de Navarra,   b. 1148,   d. 1176  (Age 28 years) 
    Family ID F26261  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Armengol D'URGELL, Comte d'Urgell,   b. Abt 1158,   d. 16 Oct 1209  (Age ~ 51 years) 
    Married Abt 1178 
     1. Aurembiaix, d'Urgell, Comtesa d'Urgell,   b. Abt 1196,   d. Aug 1231, Balaguer Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 35 years)
    Last Modified 20 Jan 2020 
    Family ID F32107  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Guillem, de Cervera,   d. Aft 1228  [1
    Married Bef 14 Jan 1214  [1
    Last Modified 20 Jan 2020 
    Family ID F26243  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • [ELVIRA Pérez (-1220).  “Comitissa Gelovira Petri…cum viro meo domno Armengaudo” donated property to León cathedral by charter dated 1182[1473].  “Ermengadus comes Urgellensis et Alvira comitissa” granted “pug de Asfa…[et] kastrum Sancti Vicencii quod est ad radicem Montis Clari in valle Andorra” to "Arnallo de Kastrobono" by charter dated 2 Oct 1190[1474].  Her parentage is also suggested by the charter dated 1228 under which her daughter "Don Orembiax…condesa de Urgel" donated property "en Bretavislo en el Cerrato", inherited from "mie madre la condesa doña Elvira", to "don Nuño Pedrez filio del conde don Pedro, mio cormano", by charter dated Jul 1228[1475].  Although “cormano/congermano” is more often interpreted as cousin, under the suggested reconstruction shown here Nuño Pérez would have been Aurembiax´s maternal uncle, although born from her maternal grandfather´s third marriage and so born around the same time as Aurembiax herself.  Canal Sánchez-Pagín suggests that Elvira, wife of Armengol [VIII], was the daughter of Conde Pedro Alfonso (of the Vela family, see below)[1476].  However, Pedro Alfonso´s daughter Elvira is named in her mother´s 1156 testament and was probably born considerably earlier if her parents´ marriage is correctly dated to [1130].  She is therefore unlikely to have been the same person as the wife of Armengol [VIII], whose daughter´s birth is dated towards the end of the 12th century.  Sánchez de Mora suggests a possible explanation for all these apparent inconsistencies: Armengol [VIII] married twice, firstly “Elvira Pérez” (although Sánchez de Mora appears to accept that she was the daughter of Conde Pedro Alfonso), secondly “Elvira Núñez” who would have been the mother of Aurembiax and who Sánchez de Mora suggests could have been the daughter of Nuño Pérez de Lara (see below).  This would mean that “cormano” could be given its usual interpretation in the 1228 charter of Aurembiax, who would have belonged to the same generation as the beneficiary of that document.  It would also explain another document, dated 20 Apr 1228, under which Aurembiax granted property to “Fernando Álvarez, mio cormano, filio del conde don Alvaro[1477].  In addition, the dating of the birth of Aurembiax herself to [1196] is difficult to understand if she was the daughter of Elvira Pérez, married to her father already in 1182, but would be natural if she was the daughter of a second marriage.  It is recognised that, if Elvira Pérez was the daughter of Conde Pedro Manrique as suggested here, she would only have been about 12 years old at the time of the 1182 charter, presumably recently married, which suggests that this may not be a perfect fit for her parentage.  Another perspective on the marriage is provided by Monfar, who states that Elvira and her husband "tuvieron al principio…algunas discordias" before being finally reconciled, as confirmed by documents under which each promised not to harm the other, Comte Armengol nominating "Guillen de Cardona y Pedro Ferrandiz" as guarantors, the last document in the series being dated 11 Dec 1203[1478].  If this is correct, it would explain the considerable delay after their marriage before the birth of the couple´s daughter and would be consistent with Armengol only having one wife.  In conclusion, there appears to remain considerable uncertainty about the identity of the wife of Armengol [VIII] Conde de Urgel.  Elvira gave possession of Urgel to Pedro II King of Aragon in 1209, on the death of her first husband without male heirs, in return for the king’s protection of her daughter’s rights.  The primary source which confirms her second marriage has not yet been identified.   Her second husband defended his step-daughter’s rights to Urgel before Jaime I King of Aragon in 1228.  m firstly ([1178]) ARMENGOL [VIII] de Urgell, son of ARMENGOL [VII] "él de Valencia" Comte de Urgell & his wife Dulce de Foix ([1158]-16 Oct 1209, bur San Ilario).  He succeeded his father in 1184 as Conde de Urgell.  m secondly (before 14 Jan 1214) as his second wife, GUILLEM de Cervera, son of --- (-after 1228).] 

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  • Sources 
    1. [S582] Foundation for Medieval Genealogy (Reliability: 2).