King Sancho Ramirez I of house Jimena 'the Confessor' and King of Aragon, has died. It's a tragic loss... he dedicated his life to attempting to unify the Iberian Peninsula under the benevolent banner of the Kingdom of Aragon.
Ramiro Sanchez II of house Jimena (Duke of Toleda/Prince Consort of Castille/Prince of Aragon/eldest son of King Sancho I and heir to the Kingdom of Aragon) has taken his place on the throne as part of a long plan set in motion over 40 years ago to unify the kingdoms of Castille and Aragon.
It should have been a celebtratory day. A feast was to be prepared... all vassals of the kingdom were invited for the occassion, from Guislabert Guislabertez d'Empuries (Count of Rosello) to Garcia Fernandez of house Jimena (Duke of Beja/Duke of Galicia/Chancellor of Castille/Prince of Castille). It should have been a celebratory day...
The opportunistic Count Fruela Sanches of house Jimena (Count of Badajoz/Count of Calatayud/Count of Plasencia/Prince of Aragon/the second of King Sancho I's four sons) was angered at the transition.
In his eyes Ramiro II was no Aragonian... he was bethrolled to Sancha Alfonsez of house Jimena 'the Bold', the sole survivor of house Jimena in Castille and heir to the Castillian throne when he was a child. He was raised by the Steward of Castille, a foreigner.
Together with his closest supporter within the Kingdom of Aragon (Bernat de Carcelona, Duke of Barcelona/Duke of Valencia), he felt he would right this wrong.
Rallying an army from amongst the peasantry, Count Fruela decried this transition... denied King Ramiro II his throne and declared himself to be the true rightous leader of Aragon.
King Ramiro II tried to reason with his brother, to make him see what he was doing... It was to little avail. He raised his full levy from amongst the providences of Castille and Aragon still loyal to him.
There can be no happy ending to this story. The two brothers must settle their differences on the field of battle and only one will come out alive.