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Xemena Munniz

Also Known As: "Ximena Nuñes de Gusmão"
Birthdate: (73)
Death: 1128 (59-77)
Espinareda del Bierzo, León, Castile and León, Spain
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Munio Muñoz and Velazquita Muñoz
Partner of Alfonso VI the Brave, King of Castile and León
Mother of Elvira Alfonso, condesa de Tolosa and Teresa de Leão, condessa de Portugal
Sister of Pedro Muñoz and Munio Muñoz

Occupation: Concubine
Managed by: James Fred Patin, Jr.
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About Jimena Muñoz

According to https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alphonse_VI_de_Le%C3%B3n, "peu après la mort de sa première femme [Agnès de Poitiers en 1078, Alphonse VI de León] aurait épousé Ximena de Guzman ou Jimena Muñoz (es) mais le mariage aurait été déclaré invalide pour raison de parenté. Les deux filles issues de cette union sont donc considérées comme illégitimes." TRANS: Not long after the death of his first wife in 1078, Alphonso married Jimena de Guzman/Muñoz, but the marriage was declared invalid because of parentage. The two daughters born of this union were then considered illegitimate.


Ximena Moniz (1060 - 1128) foi uma senhora da nobreza castelhana. Foi filha de Muniadona Moniz de Bierzo e de Munio Moniz de Bierzo, conde de Bierzo.

Ximena Moniz foi concubina de Afonso VI de Leão e Castela, de quem teve duas filhas:

  1. Teresa de Leão, condessa de Portugal (1080 -?) casada com Henrique de Borgonha, conde de Portugal,
  2. .Elvira de Castela (1071 - 1151).

Ximena foi a responsável pela educação das suas filhas, em conjunto com o seu pai. Quando Afonso VI morreu, Ximena retirou-se da vida da corte, habitando até à sua morte com a filha Teresa e falecendo em 1128, com 68 anos.

in: Wikipédia, a enciclopédia livre. <http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ximena_Moniz>


That Teresa was daughter of a Munio Munoz comes originally from the interpretation of some charters in which she appears with a man of this name, reported by:

Quintana Prieto, Augusto. Jimena Muñiz, madre de Doña Teresa de Portugal. Revista Portuguesa de Historia. 12:223-80 (1969).

There are two problems with this interpretation. First, she is said by Bishopp Pelayo to be of a "most noble family", and this Munio Muñoz is rather obscure. More importantly, these don't say she was daughter, she just appears in the same document, so she could have been sister or even more distantly related (and if this Munio Muñoz really is the husband of Muniadona Muñoz, Jimena could he sister of her instead).

Canal Sanchez-Pagin, Jose Maria. Jimena Muñoz, Amiga de Alfonso VI. Anuario de Estudios Medievales. 21:11-40 (1991).

Looks for a family that might be called "most noble" and concludes that Jimena was probably sister of Count Rodrigo Muñoz, who was one of the most prominent nobleman of the first part of the reign of Alfonso VI, and father-in-law of Count Gomez Gonzalez (favorite of Queen Urraca). He then evaluates the possibilities for the parentage of this Count, there being three Munios of appropriate age and status who could be father: Munio Muñoz, Munio Gonzalez and Munio Rodriguez. He excludes Munio Muñoz, because of chronology and the existence of documents that appear to name all of the children, Jimena and Rodrigo not being among them. He excludes Munio Rodriguez because his son Rodrigo is given a biography that seems at odds with Alfonso's count. He then decides on Munio Gonzalez, who he also links to the Lara and the old Counts of Castile. In this he is followed by one of your source's references:

Vajay, Szabolcs de. Structures de Prouvoir et Reseaux de Familles du VIIIe au XIIe Siecles. Genealogica & Heraldica: Actas de 17o Congresso das Ciencias Genealogica e Heraldica. 275-315 (1986).

in: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia <http://en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Talk%3ATheresa,_Countess_of_Portugal>


See also: Ximena MUÑOZ <http://www.barrosbrito.com/1888.html>

Ximena Moniz de Bierzo.

Between Alfonso VI's first and second marriages he formed a liaison with Jimena Muñoz, a "most noble" (nobilissima) concubine "derived from royalty" (real generacion). She appears to have been put aside, given land in Ulver, at the time of Alfonso's remarriage. By her Alfonso VI had two illegitimate daughters, Elvira and Teresa.

Leo: Europäische Stammtafeln, J.A. Stargardt Verlag, Marburg, Schwennicke, Detlev (Ed.), Reference: II 57.

Jimena Muñiz (deceased in 1128). Aristocrat Bercian, grandmother of the first king of Portugal, Alfonso Enríquez, lover of King Alfonso VI the Brave, king of Leon (1065-1072, 1072-1109), Galicia (1071-1072, 1072-1109) and Castile (1072 -1109) and mother of two daughters had with the monarch, Teresa and Elvira. Certain sources indicate that it was great great-granddaughter of Bermudo II the Gotoso, king of Leon.

Jimena was the daughter of Count Munio Muñiz and his wife Velasquita. Munio Muñiz was the son of Count Munio Rodríguez and Jimena Ordóñez, who was the daughter of the infant Ordoño, illegitimate son of Bermudo II of Leon.

From 1093 to 1108, Jimena Muñiz served as lieutenant of the Cornatel Castle.

Jimena Muñiz made donations to the Monastery of San Pedro de Montes, the Cathedral of Astorga and the Hospital of San Juan and died in 1128.


Fruit of his extramarital affair with Alfonso VI the Brave, king of Castile and Leon, were born two daughters:

Teresa de León (1083 / 1085-1130). Countess of Portugal as part of her nuptial dowry, married Henry of Burgundy. Their son, Alfonso I Enríquez, was the first king of Portugal. Elvira Alfonsez (d. 1079-d April, 1157), married Raimundo IV of Tolosa, Count of Tolosa, and after widowhood with Count Fernando Fernandez de Carrión.

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Toledo, CM, España
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León, Castile and León, Spain