- Ramon Berenguer II, Count of Provence
Ramon Berenguer II (Raymond Berengar) (c.1135 – 1166) was the
count of Provencefrom 1144 to his death. His uncle, Ramon Berenguer IV, Count of Barcelona, was the regentuntil 1157.
In 1144, Ramon's father, Count Berenguer Ramon, died in an offensive against
Genoaand he inherited the county. He was immediately opposed by the family of Bauxand it took the military action of his uncle, the count of Barcelona, in 1147 to secure his throne. The war with the Baux continued until the count of Barcelona's death in 1162.
In August of 1161, he had travelled to
Turinwith his uncle obtain the confirmation of his countship in Provence from the Emperor Frederick I, for Provence was legally a fief of the Holy Roman Empire. There he met Richeza of Poland, the daughter of the exiled Polish high duke, Ladislaus II. He married her on 17 Novemberand on the return journey, his uncle died.
He resumed the war with Genoa, but died trying to take
Nicein the spring of 1166. His daughter, Douce, succeeded him, while widow Richeza married Raymond V of Toulouse.
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