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Ordono I, King of Asturias & Galicia

Ordono I, King of Asturias & Galicia

Male Abt 831 - 866  (~ 35 years)

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  • Name Ordono I  
    Suffix King of Asturias & Galicia 
    Born Abt 831 
    Gender Male 
    History Ordoño I was born in Oviedo about 831, the son of Ramiro I, king of Asturias, by an unnamed wife. He spent his early life in the court of his father\'s predecessor, Alfonso II, as king of Asturias. He became the king of Asturias on his father\'s death in 850 but was probably associated with the crown from an early age.

    When just nine years old, Ordoño moved to Lugo, capital of the province of Galicia, of which his father Ramiro had been named governor. There he was educated, including in the military arts. Ordoño was named governor of Galicia when his father travelled to Castile to marry his second wife Paterna. While Ramiro was away Alfonso II died and Ramiro was proclaimed king. However, as Ramiro was still away, the impatient nobles elected Count Nepocian in opposition to him. Ordoño immediately began to raise an army to assist his father in putting down the usurper. He could not leave his post in Galicia to help, however, and his army remained unused. When his father finally prevailed, he confirmed Ordoño in his position.

    In 847, at the age of 26, Ordoño married Munia, probably a sister of the count of Bierzo. She was to give him six children, including his successor Alfonso III and a daughter Munio, who would both have progeny.

    On 1 January 850 Ordoño succeeded his father as king. He was the first king of Asturias to ascend the throne without election, as the heir of his father. His first confrontation was with the Basques, who rebelled with the support of the Banu Qasi of Saragossa. While returning to Oviedo after defeating the rebels, he received news of an impending Moorish assault on Vardulias. Before the Moors could attack he met them near the Ebro and defeated them. These victories were not decisive as the governor of Saragossa, Musa ibn Musa, fortified the city of Albaida (Albelda). In 859 Ordoño defeated him at Albelda and besieged and razed the city.

    He supported the Mozarab rebels, which cost him at Guadacelete in 854. But this fiasco only incited him the consolidate the \'Desert of the Duero\', the depopulated region between the Asturian cordillera and the river Duero. He directed the _Repoblación,_ by which the towns of León, Tui and Amaya were repopulated.

    He intended to advance against the governor of Tudela and thus control all access to the Navarre and the Basque country, but the emirate of Córdoba responded with an invasion of Alava and the sacking of its city of the same name. At Bureba the Arabs defeated Rodrigo, first count of Castile, and set back the _Reconquista_ for years. Ordoño died in Oviedo on 27 May 866. He was succeeded by his eldest son Alfonso III.  [1
    Died 27 May, 866 
    Person ID I1646  Ellie Wood Keith
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2018 

    Father Ramiro I, King of Asturias,   b. Abt 790,   d. 1 Feb, 850  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Family ID F1006  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Munia,   d. yes 
    +1. Alfonso III \'The Great\', King of Asturias, Galicia & Leon,   b. 848,   d. 20 Dec, 910  (Age 62 years)
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2018 
    Family ID F1005  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Ordono I, King of Asturias & Galicia
    Ordono I, King of Asturias & Galicia

  • Sources 
    1. [S64] Genealogics, Leo Van de Pas, http://www.genealogics.org/getperson.php?personID=I00120410&tree=LEO.