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About D. Aldonza Rodríguez

Doña Aldonza Rodríguez died before April 22, 1132

Aldonza Rodríguez and her husband Lope Diaz had fourteen children:

Married Aldonza Rodriguez de Castro (some call Mencia) daughter of Rui Fernandez Calvo and Stephanie Perez de Trava, taking by children:

  1. Diego López de Haro II, his successor.
  2. Lope Lopand ez. Lord of Miranda de Ebro and Almenara married Maria de Urgel.
  3. Alonso Lopez de Haro. Commander of San Salvador de Soria, the Order of Calatrava.
  4. Martin Lopez de Haro
  5. Probably had another son named Lope Diaz de Haro would have been bishop of Segovia.
  6. Urraca López de Haro, third wife of King Ferdinand.
  7. Toda Lopez de Haro, who died on December 1 of 1122

Doña Aldonza was the daughter of Conde don Rodrigo Vélaz and his wife doña Urraca Álvarez


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-------------------- Sometime before 1162 Lope married a lady named Aldonza (Endolza, Endulcia). Her patronymic is not recorded in primary document and her parentage has been much discussed. The earliest authority to name her father was Pedro de Barcelos in the fourteenth century, who called her Aldonza Ruiz de Castro, a daughter of Rodrigo Fernández de Castro and Elo Álvarez, although she is not mentioned among Rodrigo's children in the De rebus Hispaniae.[11] A century later Lope García de Salazar called his wife Mencía, a daughter of Arias. Luis de Salazar y Castro[12] believed that Lope had an earlier wife, name unknown, who bore him several sons, among them Lope López, who married María de Almenar. This thesis is based in part on the assumption that Lope Díaz was not the type to sire children outside of marriage. Most recently José María Canal Sánchez-Pagín has dissented from the view that Aldonza was a Castilian like her husband. She was widowed while her offspring were still young, and they rose to positions of importance in the León and Galicia, where they would have been considered foreigners if their mother was not a Leonese or Galician.

Considering Aldonza's longevity (she outlived her husband by about forty years, and was probably at least thirty years his junior), she must have been born around 1135. Jaime de Salazar y Acha, in his study of the Vela family, suggested that she was a daughter of Rodrigo Vélaz,[13] and Canal Sánchez-Pagín originally suggested that she was his granddaughter, a daughter of Álvaro Rodríguez.[14] In a document of 1182 recording a donation to San Prudencio de Monte Laturce that survives only in a Spanish translation by Gaspar Coronel, Aldonza calls herself a first cousin (consobrina) of Rodrigo Álvarez, son of Álvaro Rodríguez and Sancha Fernández de Traba.[15] It is most likely, then, that she was a daughter of Sancha's brother, Gonzalo Fernández de Traba. She is known to have had close relations with Gonzalo's other children, Gómez and Urraca. She was a daughter of Gonzalo by his first wife, Elvira, a daughter of Rodrigo Vélaz.

Besides his heir, Diego II, Lope Díaz had three sons—García, Lope, and Rodrigo—and eight daughters—Aldonza, Elvira, Estefanía, María, Mencía, Sancha, Toda, and Urraca, who married Ferdinand II of León as his final wife.[16] Lope died on 6 May 1170, a date confirmed by the Annales compostellani.[17] By June 1171, his widow had entered the convent at Cañas, where for over thirty years she acted as de facto abbess. She was still living in May 1207, when she made a donation to San Marcos de León.[18]


1.^ a b c d Barton, 263.

2.^ A document places him in opido Faro on that date, cf. Canal Sánchez-Pagín, 17.
3.^ Ladrón's rule can be dated from April 1135 at the earliest.
4.^ "Lope Díaz, who later received from him [Alfonso VII] the name [i.e. title] of count with [the] honour[s pertaining to it]" (Lupus Didaci, que postea comitis nomen cum honore ab eo accepit), cf. Canal Sánchez-Pagín, 17; Barton, 127.
5.^ An imperial document of November 1140 reads "Count Lope in these [times] rebelling in Haro" (Lupo comite eodem [tempore] sibi in Faro adversante), cf. Canal Sánchez-Pagín, 18 n40.
6.^ Certainly by March 1144, when he subscribed an imperial donation to San Salvador de Oña, cf. Canal Sánchez-Pagín, 18.
7.^ Barton, 131.
8.^ Canal Sánchez-Pagín, 18.
9.^ Barton, 89.
10.^ Barton, 63.
11.^ Cf. Canal Sánchez-Pagín, 11. Rodrigo's wife is mistakenly called Ello Martínez Osorio by Salazar y Castro.
12.^ Called the "prince of Spanish genealogistis", príncipe de los genealogistas españoles, in Canal Sánchez-Pagín, 11.
13.^ He was followed by Barton, 263. The basis for this hypothesis is a diploma of Bujedo de Miranda dated 1210 in which Diego López II refers to Pedro Álvarez de Galicia, Rodrigo's grandson, as his cogermanus, which, however, is a broader term than consobrinus, cf. Canal Sánchez-Pagín, 15.
14.^ His other suggestions included Ramiro Fróilaz and Rodrigo Martínez, cf. Canal Sánchez-Pagín, 12.
15.^ Canal Sánchez-Pagín, 13, argues for the reliability of Coronel's translation of the now-lost document originally composed in Latin by a French monk named Bernardo.
16.^ Barton, 50.
17.^ Era M.CC.VIII. (obiit) bonae memoriae comes Lupus ("In the Spanish era 1208 died Count Lope of good memory"), quoted in Canal Sánchez-Pagín, 19.
18.^ For further references to Aldonza as a widow, cf. Barton, 41, 48, and 202.

[edit] Bibliography

Primary literature Glenn Edward Lipskey, ed. and trans. The Chronicle of Alfonso the Emperor: A Translation of the Chronica Adefonsi imperatoris. PhD dissertation, Northwestern University. 1972.
Secondary literature Simon Barton. The Aristocracy in Twelfth-century León and Castile. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Ghislain Baury. "Diego López 'le bon' et Diego López 'le mauvais': comment s'est construite la mémoire d'un magnat du règne d'Alphonse VIII de Castille." Berceo, 144(2003), 37–92.
Ghislain Baury. "Los ricoshombres y el rey en Castilla: El linaje Haro, 1076–1322." Territorio, Sociedad y Poder: Revista de Estudios Medievales, 6(2011), 53–72.
José María Canal Sánchez-Pagín. "La Casa de Haro en León y Castilla durante el siglo XII: Nuevas conclusiones." Anuario de estudios medievales, 25(1995):1, 3–38, cf. esp. pp. 10–19 for Lope Díaz I.
Ángel J. Martín Duque. "Vasconia en la Alta Edad Media: Somera aproximación histórica." Príncipe de Viana, 63(2002):227, 871–908.
Gregorio Monreal Zia. "El Señorío de Vizcaya: origen, naturaleza jurídica, estructura institucional." Anuario de historia del derecho español, 43(1973), 113–206.
Luis Salazar y Castro. Historia genealógica de la Casa de Haro. Madrid: Dalmiro de la Válgoma y Díaz-Varela, Madrid, 1959.


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