Lope Díaz II de Haro

For other people of the same name, see Lope Díaz de Haro.
Arms of the House of Haro.

Lope Díaz II de Haro "Cabeza Brava" (b. 1170 – d. November 15, 1236) was a Spanish noble of the House of Haro, the sixth Lord of Biscay, founder of the municipality of Plentzia, and lord of Álava from 1252–1274. He was the eldest son of Diego López II de Haro and his wife, María Manrique. Lope was also a member of the Order of Santiago.


Lope Díaz fought alongside his father at the Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa where he distinguished himself. That action expelled the Almohads from the region and brought it under Castilian rule. The battle was commanded by three Christian kings; Alfonso VIII of Castile, Peter II of Aragon and Sancho VII of Navarre.

Lope Díaz came to power in difficult times after the death of his father on 16 October 1214. A few days after he came to power, King Alfonso VIII of Castile died, leaving his 10-year-old son, the ill fated Henry I of Castile as heir to the throne after mysterious the death of his older brother, Fernando de Castilla y Plantagenet. The House of Lara gained power over Henry and started a rivalry with his sister, Berengaria of Castile who consequently was Lope Díaz' patron. In 1217, Henry was 'accidentally' killed at the age of 13 by a falling roof tile. He was succeeded by his sister Berengaria, with the support of Lope Díaz, amongst other nobles, who later abdicated in favor of her son Ferdinand III of Castile, crowned in Nájera. Alfonso IX of León, the father of Ferdinand III was against the coronation of his son and invaded Castile with the support of the House of Lara. During this invasion, Álvaro Núñez de Lara gained power in Nájera and was subsequently defeated and imprisoned by Lope Díaz.

For his supporting role in the backing of Ferdinand III as king, Lope Díaz was granted the title of "Alférez del Rey", or lieutenant of the king. He was married to the daughter of King Alfonso IX and step-sister of Ferdinand III, Urraca Alfonso de León. He was also given titles over the villages of Haro and Pedroso. Lope participated in various other wars supporting the ascension of Ferdinand III such as the expeditions against the Moors in Andalucía, of which the most important was the capture of Baeza in 1227. For his role in the city's capture, Lope Díaz was given the title of Conquistador de Baeza.

In the early 1230s, the bishop of Calahorra wanted to exert his power over all the churches subject to the Monasteries of San Millán de la Cogolla. This led to multiple lawsuits that would end in 1232 with the move of the Diocese of Calahorra y La Calzada-Logroño to Santo Domingo de la Calzada. By 1235, the fallout from this shakeup was so great that Lope was forced to expel the bishop who fled to Rome and the diocese moved back to Calahorra.

In 1234, fresh conflict broke out between King Ferdinand III and two of his leading magnates, Álvaro Pérez de Castro el Castellano: head of the House of Castro, and Lope Díaz II de Haro. Lope's grievances with the king were a result of a disagreement between the two at the siege of Úbeda. Without the approval of the king, who was uncle of Lope's daughters as his sister was Lope's wife, Alvaro Perez de Castro married Lope's daughter Mencia Lopez de Haro. This led king Ferdinand to relinquish all the titles and lands granted to Álvaro Pérez de Castro by the crown even though the conflict was settled arbitrarily by the Queens Berengaria de Castilla and Elisabeth of Swabia.[1]


Lope Díaz de Haro II died shortly after on 15 November 1236. He was buried in a sepulcher at the monastery of Santa María la Real de Nájera

Marriage and Descendants

Lope Díaz married Urraca Alfonso de León, the illegitimate daughter of Alfonso IX of León and his lover, Inés Íñiguez de Mendoza. With this wife, he had the following children:[2]

With Toda de Salcedo de Santa Gadea he had one son:

He had another son with an unknown mother:

Preceded by
Diego López II de Haro

Lord of Biscay

Succeeded by
Diego López III de Haro


  1. Gonzalo, Martínez Díaz (2000). "La conquista de Andujar: su integración en la Corona de Castilla". Boletín del Instituto de Estudios Giennenses (176). Jaén: Instituto de Estudios Giennenses. pp. 638–639. ISSN 0561-3590.
  2. Real Academia de Historia, Colección Salazar y Castro, Ref. M-8, fº 63v-64 In an undeterminate date, Urraca Alfonso of León, already widowed, with her children Diego, Álvaro, Mencía, Alfonso, Lope López, and Manrique López de Haro acknowledge reimbursement by the Orden de Santiago of a debt that it had with her husband and father of her children.
  3. Real Academia de Historia, Colección Salazar y Castro, Ref. D-9, fº 21-24
  4. Noticias históricas de la tres provincias Vascongadas, tomo III, de Juan Antonio Llorente, año 1807, página 142 y 143 books.google.com Noticias históricas.
  5. Nobiliario del Conde de Barcelos, traducido por Manuel de Faria, año 1646, página 72 línea A y página 431 apartado Plana 72 books.google.com Nobiliario del Conde de Barcelos
  6. In 1290, her daughter Inés López, granted Hospital de La Herrada all her properties in Autillo de Campos, Fuentes de Nava, and Becerril, mentioning that she was the granddaughter of Gonzalo Rodríguez and daughter of Mayor González. Cfr. Barón Faraldo (2006) p. 194
  7. On 10 September 1295, Berenguela López, abbess at the Monastery of Santa María la Real de Las Huelgas, mentions that she is the daughter of Don López el Chico and Mayor González.
  8. Salazar y Acha (1989), p. 82
  9. Fidel Fita Colomé, Doña Mencía, Reina de Portugal: Documentos Inéditos,
  10. Modesto, Salcedo Tapia (1989). "Boadilla del Camino y sus hijos". Publicaciones del Institución Tello Téllez de Meneses (60). pp. 291–498.


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