Guifré II Borrell, comte de Barcelona (c.874 - 911) MP

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Nicknames: "Guifré", "Wilfred", "Wifred", "Wilfredo", "Borrel", "Borrell", "Wilfred II de Barcelona"
Death: Died in Barcelona, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain
Cause of death: murdered
Occupation: Count of Barcelona, Gerona, and Ausona, Conde de Barcelona, Gerona y Osona, Girona y Osona, Comte, de Barcelone, conde de Barcelona (897-911), Greve
Managed by: Ernesto Álvarez Uriondo
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About Guifré II Borrell, comte de Barcelona

Count of Barcelona, Girona (Wilfred III) and Osona (897-911), son and heir of Wilfred I.

Guardian of his younger brother Sunyer, who succeeded to the county of Besalú. When he ascended to the throne, he was already married to Garsenda, with whom he had only one daughter, Riquilda, who married the viscount Odó I of Narbonne before 924. Upon the death of Wilfred I, his estates remained deeply disturbed and the city of Barcelona itself, in face of the Saracen threat, had to be evacuated. The count himself seems to have then resided in Girona. The return of the Carolingians on the death of King Odó, along with the Saracen danger gave rise to a reinforcement of the bonds of submission to France during his government. The count appears to have visited King Charles III the Simple in Tours, presently Tours-sur-Marne, in the spring of 899, and then very probably sought his protection, and received the investiture of the county of Osona. He was the last Catalan count to pay homage to a Frankish king, although Guifré II of Besalú seems to have done so exceptionally in 952. In 906, he attended a council held at the See of Barcelona. In 908, he participated in a major assembly of ecclesiastics gathered in Girona for the enthronement of the bishop, Guiu. During his times, the repopulation endeavour of Pelós was completed at Congost in 898, at the right-hand flank of Baix Llobregat in 904, and at Lluçanès from 900 to 909. By 908, the economy of the county appears to have had recovered. He died on 26 April 911, and was buried at Sant Pau del Camp, which he had probably founded or restored. From long ago, possibly from the second half of the tenth century, his persona as a count had been confused with that of his father, supposedly living until 912, and it was thought that the son had died before the father through poisoning. It was not until the middle of the 16th century that the confusion was clarified. To avoid being taken for his father, during his life the count was referred to as Jofre in 898, and later, from 908, as Borrell. He left his estates to his younger brother Sunyer, apparently with the consent of his second brother, Miró II of Cerdanya, to whom he ceded the county of Besalú and of Ripollès.

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