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  • ID: I17078
  • Name: *Gonzalo Fernandez
  • Sex: M
  • Name: Gonzalo Fernández de Lara
  • Death: 920 in Battle of Valdejunquera 1
  • Occupation: Count of Arlanza and the Duero 1
  • Occupation: Count of Arlanza 1
  • Occupation: BET 899 AND 915 Count of Burgos 1
  • Occupation: BET 909 AND 915 Count of Castile 1
  • Burial: San Pedro de Arlanza 1
  • Note:
    Gonzalo Fernández, Count of Burgos (ca. 899-915) and of Castile (c. 909-91 5).

    Recorded for the first time in 899 as Count of Burgos, soon the region exp anded to the eastern mountain valleys enabling Gonzalo to make his fort ba se in Lara, thus stretching his rule from the foot of the Cantabrian Mount ains around Espinosa de los Monteros to the river Arlanza, which therefo re became the border with the neighbouring Muslim territories. In ord er to stretch his territory this far, he first had to displace the Musl im forces based at the stronghold of Carazo that dominated the area and ac cess. This was achieved after a long and well contested struggle.

    The valley of Lara was then the rallying point of the family that - yea rs later - achieved through his son, Fernan Gonzalez the quasi-independen ce of Castile, securing the area for five generations with the family unt il it became a kingdom under Fernando I of Castile of the Jimenez dynasty.

    His name appears for the first time in charter of the Monastery of San Ped ro de Cardeña (899), one of the most influential monastic houses lat er in Castile together with the Monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos. He w as also the founder of the other Monastic House of San Pedro de Arlanza (9 12).

    In 912, he took main part in the Castilian offensive to the river Duero, s ettling the old villages of Haza, Clunia and San Esteban de Gormaz.

    Gonzalo Fernández appears as Count of Castile for the first time in a docu ment of January 8, 914 and again in January 1, 915. He appears witnessi ng royal documents among other magnates and nobles at the Leonese Court ma in Assemblies until the defeat of the Leonese in the battle of Valdejunque ra (920), after which he was considered dead. Modern scholars suspect th at he must have been in disgrace at Court for some unrecorded mistake or o ther major offense typically resulting in exile, as somebody with his na me and the seldom given then rank of Count - Gundisalvus comes - appears s igning royal documents at the Court of Navarre between the years 924 and 9 30, the year that his son was given the authority of Count alone. Previous ly, his wife Munia Donna (or Muniadona) appears holding the patrimony esta tes and county regency during the minority of their son Fernan Gonzalez.

    His remains were laid to rest in a vault at San Pedro de Arlanza, as Fri ar Antonio de Yepes registers in his "General Chronicle".

    Father: Fernán González

    Marriage 1 *Muniadomna of Castile
      1. Has Children *Ferdinand II Gonzalez b: in Castile-La Mancha, Spain
      2. Has No Children Nuño Fernández

      1. Title: Wikipedia
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