García Sánchez III of Pamplona
|García Sánchez III|
Late medieval representation of García Sánchez III in a book about the Portuguese monarchs
|King of Pamplona|
|Burial||Monastery of Santa María la Real of Nájera|
|Spouse||Stephanie of Foix|
Sancho IV of Navarre|
Ramiro Garcés, Lord of Calahorra
Sancho Garcés, Lord of Uncastillo (illegitimate)
|Father||Sancho III of Pamplona|
|Mother||Muniadona of Castile|
García Sánchez III (Basque: Gartzea III.a Sanoitz; c. 1012 – 15 September 1054), nicknamed García from Nájera (Basque: Gartzea Naiarakoa, Spanish: García el de Nájera) was King of Pamplona from 1034 until his death. He was also Count of Álava and had under his personal control part of the County of Castile. As the eldest son of Sancho III he inherited the dynastic rights over the crown of Pamplona, becoming feudal overlord over two of his brothers: Ramiro, who was given lands that would serve as the basis for the Kingdom of Aragón; and Gonzalo, who received the counties of Sobrarbe and Ribagorza. Likewise, he had some claim to suzerainty over his brother Ferdinand, who under their father had served as Count of Castile, nominally subject to the Kingdom of León but brought under the personal control of Sancho III.
García Sánchez inherited the crown of Pamplona after the death of his father Sancho III in 1035, bypassing the late king's eldest son Ramiro, who was illegitimate. In 1043 he defeated his half-brother in battle, setting the eastern border of the kingdom. García Sánchez III took advantage of the weakened state of the numerous Islamic taifa kingdoms that arose after the dissolution of the Caliphate of Córdoba to push the southern border over their territory, taking the city of Calahorra in 1045. He also inherited from his father the County of Álava and a great part of the County of Castile (La Bureba, Trasmiera, Montes de Oca, the Encartaciones and Las Merindades).
In the year 1037 he joins his brother Ferdinand, the nominal Count of Castile, in a battle against the Kingdom of León that took place near the river Pisuerga and that came to be known as Battle of Tamarón. Bermudo III, King of León, was defeated and killed in battle, ending a dynasty of monarchs that went back to Peter of Cantabria. Ferdinand would then be crowned King of León. The relationship between the two brothers would however turn sour by the conflictive distribution of the lands of Castile between León and Pamplona, leading to the Battle of Atapuerca, where García Sánchez would perish.
Marriage and family
- Sancho Garcés, nicknamed Sancho the Noble, who became King of Pamplona and ruled as Sancho IV from 1054 until his death in 1076. He married Placencia of Normandy.
- Urraca Garcés, married in 1074 to García Ordóñez, lord of Nájera and Grañón.
- Ermesinda Garcés, married to Fortún Sánchez, lord of Yéqueda.
- Ramiro Garcés, lord of Calahorra.
- Fernando Garcés, lord of Bucesta, Jubera, Lagunilla and Oprela.
- Ramón Garcés, lord of Murillo and Agoncillo. Ramón became known as the fatricidal, after he murdered his brother and king Sancho IV. Afterwards he escaped to the Taifa of Zaragoza. In a 1134 charter, Marquesa, wife of Aznar López, referred to her grandfather "rex Raymundi" (literally 'king' Ramón). However, in medieval Navarre there are examples of the term being used by infantes, so this need not signify he claimed the throne on his brother's death.
- Jimena Garcés, lady of Corcuetos, Hornos de Moncalvillo and Daroca.
- Mayor Garcés, lady of Yanguas.
- Sancha Garcés
García Sánchez had two illegitimate children by unknown women:
|Ancestors of García Sánchez III of Pamplona|
- Europäische Stammtafeln: II #56, III.1 #145; Moriarty, Plantagenet Ancestry of King Edward III and Queen Philippa of Hainault, p80, 109
- Bernard F. Reilly, The Contest of Christian and Muslim Spain 1031–1157, (Blackwell Publishers Inc., 1995), 27.
- Joseph F. O'Callaghan, A History of Medieval Spain, (Cornell University Press, 1975), 195.
- Salazar y Acha agrees with the opinion of Languedoc historians who held that she was the daughter of Bernard-Roger, Count of Bigorre and his wife Gersenda, explaining Stephanie's presence in Barcelona as a lady in the court of her maternal aunt Ermesinde of Carcassonne married to Ramon Borrell, count of Barcelona.
- Besga Marroquín, Armando (2011). "El reparto del Reino de Pamplona del año 1076". Alfonso VI Imperator, totius orbis Hispanie. Fernando Suárez and Andrés Gambra, coord. (Madrid: Sanz y Torres) pp. 51-91. ISBN 978-84-92948-45-1.
- Appears for the last time on 27 May 1085 at the Monastery of Santa María la Real of Najera confirming a donation made by her brother Ramiro.
- Salas Merino 2008, pp. 216-218.
- Martínez Díez, Gonzalo (2007). Sancho III el Mayor Rey de Pamplona, Rex Ibericus. Madrid.
- Salazar y Acha, Jaime de (1992). "Reflexiones sobre la posible historicidad de un episodio de la Crónica Najarense". Príncipe de Viana, Anejo 14:537–564.
| King of Navarre