Ramon Berenguer II, Count of Barcelona

Ramon Berenguer II the Towhead[1] or Cap de estopes[2] (1053 or 1054 December 5, 1082) was Count of Barcelona from 1076 until his death. He was the son of Ramon Berenguer I, Count of Barcelona and Almodis de La Marche.[3] The Chronicle of San Juan de la Pena called him, ". . . exceeding brave and bold, kind, pleasant, pious, joyful, generous, and of an attractive appearance".[4] Because of the extremely thick hair he had on top of his head, he was known as Cap d'Estop."

Ramon Berenguer II
Count of Barcelona
Ramon Berenguer II
Died6 December 1082
Sant Feliu de Buixalleu
Noble familyBarcelona
Spouse(s)Mahalta of Apulia
FatherRamon Berenguer I, Count of Barcelona
MotherAlmodis de La Marche

He succeeded his father, Ramon Berenguer I, Count of Barcelona, as co-ruler with his twin brother, Berenguer Ramon, in 1075.[5] The twins failed to agree and divided their possessions between them, against the will of their late father. Ramon Berenguer the Towhead, so called because of the thickness and colour of his hair, was killed while hunting in the woods in 1082.[6] His brother, who went on to become the sole ruler of Catalonia, was credited by popular opinion of having orchestrated this murder.[6] Berenguer Ramon II the Fratricide[6] was later succeeded by Ramon Berenguer's son, Ramon Berenguer III.

Family and issue

Ramon Berenguer married Mahalta (or Maud) of Apulia, born ca. 1059, died 1111/1112, daughter of Duke Robert Guiscard and of Sikelgaita de Salerno.[7] Following his murder, she remarried to Aimery I of Narbonne, and was the mother of his son Aimery II.

Ramon Berenguer and Mahalta's son, Ramon Berenguer III (before 10821131), was count of Barcelona and Provence.


  1. Benito 2017, p. 95.
  2. Bensch 1995, p. 61.
  3. Graham-Leigh 2005, p. table 4.
  4. Peña 1991, p. 48.
  5. Peña 1991, p. 119.
  6. Bamford 2018, p. 41.
  7. Heygate 2013, p. 178.


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Preceded by
Ramon Berenguer I
Count of Barcelona
with Berenguer Ramon II

Succeeded by
Berenguer Ramon II
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